With a win in their rescheduled game week 17 fixture against VFB Stuttgart tonight, Bayern Munich could extend their lead in the Bundesliga to 13 points.
After the recent 2-0 win against fourth-placed 'Gladbach, and with both their closest title rivals, Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund losing points over the weekend, German media already started to ask Bayern Munich coach, Pep Guardiola, about Munich's title celebration.
“I don’t understand the question how we will celebrate (the title), because we are only in January,” Guardiola answered seemingly annoyed.
“No team in the world has ever won the title in January.
“You can ask me in March, in two months, but not in January already.
“We have a game against Stuttgart (Wed) and Frankfurt (weekend), and they deserve our respect.
“We haven’t won anything yet and there are still a lot of games to play.”
For the match against Stuttgart, Guardiola has recalled striker Mario Mandzukic to the squad, who missed the game against Gladbach, because the coach hadn’t been satisfied with his striker attitude in training.
“I see and analyse, and always decide what’s best for the team and the club,” Guardiola added.
“In this game I need this player and in another game I need another player.”
The Bayern boss will definitely miss his two first-choice wingers, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben, who are still recovering from their injuries.
However, the Bavarians are looking to extend their 42-games unbeaten run, and have kept five clean sheets in their last six Bundesliga games.
Bayern captain, Philipp Lahm, says “we’ve got a great chance to keep going and build on our lead.
“It’s up to us. If we play as well as we can do then we’ll go home with all three points.
“We’ve picked up points whenever we’ve played there in recent years, but it’s never been easy.”
The last time Stuttgart beat Bayern at home in the Bundesliga was in November 2007.
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