High-flyers Bayern chase more Bundesliga records
15 December 2014, 09:17
Berlin - Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich are in "another league" according to their rivals with more Bundesliga records set to tumble in this week's final two rounds of matches for 2014.
Bayern host strugglers Freiburg on Tuesday enjoying a nine-point gap at the top of the table, then travel to face mid-table Mainz on Friday in their final match before the German league breaks for the winter.
Freiburg are winless in their last four league games and have never won in Munich after 13 defeats and two draws having been thrashed 4-0 on their last visit to Munich's Allianz Arena in February.
"Now we must continue calmly into the next two games to try and take the points up for grabs," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Having conceded just three goals in 15 league games this season, Guardiola's team are on course to break the record they hold of seven goals conceded for the first half of a season set by Stuttgart in 2003/04 and matched by the Bayern side of 2012/13.
Having conceded just one away goal so far, they are also on course to equal their own league record for the first half of the season, also set in 2012/13, at Mainz on Friday.
This comes less than two years after Bayern broke or equalled 25 records when they won the treble of German league, cup and Champions League titles in 2013 -- the first German team to achieve the feat.
"Bayern Munich are in a different league, I think we can all agree on that," said Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl after his side were thrashed 4-0 at home by Bayern on Saturday.
"They have so much quality so their win was fully deserved."
Arjen Robben, who scored twice in the romp at third-placed Augsburg to leave him with eight goals in 11 league games, said the champions are relishing the forthcoming winter break to recharge their batteries.
"We now have to survive the last two games and then we'll finally get a break," said the Dutch winger.
Long-term injuries to captain Philipp Lahm, David Alaba, Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara and Holger Badstuber have barely bothered Guardiola's star-studded squad.
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Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger played 72 minutes of the Augsburg win and is reaching full fitness after a knee injury.
On Wednesday, second-placed Wolfsburg travel to face Borussia Dortmund with last season's runners-up having dropped back into the relegation places again after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin.
Despite qualifying for the Champions League's last 16 as group winners, Dortmund started December bottom of the league and are now 16th with the league's worst record of nine defeats in 15 matches so far,
Coach Jurgen Klopp says the 2013 Champions League finalists are an "awesome team with awesome problems".
Klopp is without both attacking midfielders Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who tore his right thigh in Berlin, and Germany winger Marco Reus who has been ruled out until 2015 with torn ankle ligaments.
Fixtures (all times 1900 GMT)
Bayern Munich v Freiburg, Hanover 96 v Augsburg, Hamburg v VfB Stuttgart, Cologne v Mainz
Borussia Dortmund v VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach v Werder Bremen, Hoffenheim v Bayer Leverkusen, Eintracht Frankfurt v Hertha Berlin, Paderborn v Schalke 04