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Bayern Munich chasing Bundesliga records

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Bayern Munich chasing Bundesliga records
Munich striker Luca Toni celebrates on March 22. Photo: DPA
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With a 12-point lead, Bayern Munich have virtually won this season’s Bundesliga title, but are still chasing records for the largest winning margin and the lowest number of goals conceded in a league season.

After their 4-1 win over defending champions VfB Stuttgart last Sunday, Bayern now have a 12-point lead over rivals Schalke 04 and Werder Bremen with four games remaining.

Only a miracle can stop them being crowned German champions for the 21st time.

But Bayern, who have led the Bundesliga from the first weekend of the season, need four more points if they are to match their own record from 2002/03 when they won the league by 16 points. And with goalkeeper and captain Oliver Kahn set to retire at the end of the season after 14 years at Bayern, Munich are also closing in on Werder Bremen’s record of 22 for the fewest number of goals conceded in a Bundesliga season. The Munich defence has only leaked 18 goals all season with four games left.

Bayern are also chasing the first treble by a German side. Having won the German Cup and with the Bundesliga title virtually guaranteed, they will be the first side in Germany to collect the three main trophies in a season if they win the UEFA Cup. Having drawn the first leg of their UEFA Cup semi-final 1-1 with Zenit St Petersburg last Thursday at the Allianz Arena, Bayern travel to Russia on Thursday for the return leg.

The final is in Manchester, England, on May 14.

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