Bayern Munich chasing more Bundesliga records

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 7:19 am •  Published: March 27, 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — With the Bundesliga title already in hand, Bayern Munich can start thinking about finishing the season undefeated with the most points ever collected in the championship.

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke are competing for second place, while the battle against relegation involves seven teams, including such big-name former champions as Stuttgart and Hamburger SV.

CHAMPION AND STILL COUNTING: Bayern, already the earliest champion in the league history, could eclipse another record it set last season when it finished with 91 points. Bayern now has 77, with seven matches and 21 points at stake. Bayern has won 25 of 27 games, with two draws. Bayern has won its last 19 games in the league and is undefeated in 52 matches.

Pep Guardiola's team is on course to repeat its unprecedented treble of last season, when it won the Bundesliga, the Champions League and the German Cup.

Next for Bayern is high-scoring and high-conceding Hoffenheim, which has the second-best attack (60) after Bayern and the worst defense (59) in the league.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says Bayer isn't about to relax: "We never lose our motivation. We take every opponent seriously and we go into every game with great confidence."

STUTTGART ON THE EDGE: Stuttgart, the 2007 Bundesliga champion, is next to last, two points from safety, following its 2-0 loss in Nuremberg in mid-week. Now comes Dortmund, which is only one point ahead of Schalke in their battle for second.

Under new coach Huub Stevens, Stuttgart beat Hamburg but then lost in Nuremberg and will have to strive for at least a point against Dortmund, a tough prospect.

HAMBURG HOPES: Striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga returned after missing three games with an injury and promptly scored — but it was enough only to salvage a 1-1 draw at home against Freiburg. Freiburg is two points ahead of Hamburg, which is 16th and in the place that means a playoff to stay in the league. Hamburg is the only founding member of the Bundesliga that has not been relegated since its inception in 1963. It plays at Moenchengladbach on Sunday.