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MUNICH — “Greedy” Bayern Munich are hungry to wrap up the Bundesliga title this weekend as victory at Eintracht Frankfurt today would see them confirmed German Champions for the 23rd time.

Report by Reuters

If they beat Frankfurt, Bayern will break their own record for the earliest confirmed title win with six games left and are just nine short of Dortmund’s record of 81, set last May, for the most points in a campaign.

With a 20-point lead at the top of the table from rivals Dortmund, a win at Frankfurt would make it impossible for Borussia to deny Munich the title having dominated the league from the start by winning of their first eight games.

Having routed Hamburg 9-2 at Munich’s Allianz Arena last Saturday, Bayern were only denied the league title by Dortmund’s win in Stuttgart, but this weekend Munich have their destiny in their own hands.

With Bayern holding a 2-0 first-leg lead for Tuesday’s first leg in Munich, they travel to Turin for the return leg against Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League and Sammer said the side are hungry for silverware.

With some players sure to be rested in Frankfurt ahead of the Turin trip, midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri said those selected will do the job.

Having wasted a string of chances in their 0-0 Champions League draw at Malaga on Wednesday, second-placed Borussia Dortmund host strugglers Augsburg as a warm-up before the Spaniards visit Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday. Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is looking to add to his club record having scored in each of his last nine league games to leave him with 20 goals in 24 games this season.

Germany defender Mats Hummels is back training with the reserves after tearing ankle ligaments last month.

Having seen his side routed at Munich last weekend, Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has promised an improved display in their home game against Freiburg, which could put Fink’s side back among the top six and European places.

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