The Bavarian team leads the standings, 10 points ahead of its direct runner-up, Leipzig and needs to win at their hosts to secure the title three stages before the end of the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich players hope to win the 30th title in the history of the Bundesliga, which began in 1963, to bid farewell to their successful coach, Hanzi Flick, in the best possible way, after he announced his desire to leave the team at the end of the current season, after a divergence of views between him and the Bosnian sports director Hassan Salahmedzic.
Flick surprised the club’s management by announcing his departure without coordinating with them, saying, “It is my decision that I took after careful thought. I explained the reasons internally with the concerned parties and it will remain an internal matter for the time being.”
Flick assumed his position in November 2019, succeeding the Croatian Niko Kovac when the team was in fifth place before leading him to the domestic title in the same season and to a rare six-year victory by winning the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the German Super Cup, the European Super Cup and the domestic cup.
And return to the ranks of Bayern Munich, Polish scorer Robert Lewandowski, who missed his team’s last six matches in various competitions due to a knee ligament injury, most notably against Paris Saint-Germain, who took him out in the quarter-finals of the continental competition with a goal difference (3-3) to lose the title.
Lewandowski needs 5 goals in the last four stages to match the number of Bavarian club legend Gerd Muller, who scored 40 goals in one season in the domestic league, specifically 1971-1972.
Lewandowski, whose goal counter stopped at 35 when he was hit, said, “I don’t know if I will reach this goal (break the record), but I hope when I return to the pitch that I have regained my previous level from the first minute and scored goals.”
The squad may also be joined by striker Serge Gnabry, who has recovered from his COVID-19 infection and has returned to training in recent days.
Mainz had won four of their last six matches to close to safety, but had not beat Bayern in five years.