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Berlin: Bayern Munich will be on a date with their ninth successive title in the German Football League when they visit Mainz in the thirty-first stage.
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.
Champions League battle
On the other hand, fifth Borussia Dortmund will play a decisive match against their third VfL Wolfsburg, who are 5 points ahead of them.
The industrial Ruhr City team has regained its balance in recent weeks, but is still 4 points behind Eintracht Frankfurt, fourth in the Champions League, who will travel to Bayer Leverkusen in a strong match.
Qualifying for the Champions League is very important for Dortmund, because otherwise, it will compel him to give up its most prominent stars, led by the Norwegian Erling Haaland and the Englishman Jadeon Sancho.
Dortmund will be absent from defense pole Mats Hummels, who received his fifth yellow card this season. On the other hand, Sancho will play his 100th game in his ranks since his move from Manchester City in 2017.
Sancho (21 years), whom Manchester United would like to sign, suffered this season from injuries. He was unable to approach the 17 goals he scored in the league last season and 16 assists.
On the other hand, Frankfurt, who lost the last four of their 6 games against Leverkusen, is counting on his Portuguese goalscorer Andre Silva, who has scored 24 goals this season.
“Now is the point-gathering stage. Dortmund is suffering from more pressure than us,” said Frankfurt coach Eddy Heuter, who will move to coach Borussia Moenchengladbach next season.