Berlin victory key to treble for four-midable Bayern

BERLIN • Bayern Munich could be crowned Bundesliga champions today if Germany's football giants register a victory over Hertha Berlin, but only if Borussia Dortmund lose to Stuttgart.

No club have ever won four straight German league titles, but Pep Guardiola's side are in a good position, maintaining a seven-point lead (78 points) with four games remaining.

They need to beat Hertha and hope second-placed Borussia Dortmund lose at Stuttgart to have their fourth title in a row confirmed.

Forward Thomas Mueller has described each of Bayern's remaining games as a "little final". It would be a welcome boost ahead of Wednesday's trip to Spain to face Atletico Madrid in the semi-final, first leg of the Champions League.

Berlin's Olympic Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Bayern in recent seasons, with the side having won their 2010 and 2014 Bundesliga titles there.

They are in the running to repeat their 2013 treble of European, league and Cup titles in Guardiola's third and final season before he joins England's Manchester City next season.

Should they also reach the Champions League final in Milan on May 28, Bayern will have eight games left this season to win three trophies, starting in Berlin.

"It's always been the case that the last few weeks of the season are always the most important," said Mueller.

"But the next few will be even more important, if we keep progressing.

"It means we face a little final every three days or so."

Hertha have taken only one point from their last three league games and are fighting to stay in contention for a Champions League place next season.

Bayern will again be without Arjen Robben, who has a groin injury, although Germany defender Jerome Boateng is back in training after tearing his groin in January.

Meanwhile, Dortmund face a tricky match as Stuttgart are desperate for points and are just two places away from the relegation places after dropping 13 points in their last five games.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 23, 2016, with the headline 'Berlin victory key to treble for four-midable Bayern'. Print Edition | Subscribe