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Bring on the leaders

Bayern on song ahead of Hoffenheim clash

Bring on leaders Hoffenheim! Bayern showed the quality of champions on Saturday in beating title rivals Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 away from home, swapping places with the Rhineland outfit to go second in the standings for the first time since Matchday 4. The new state of affairs prompted fighting talk from Uli Hoeneß ahead of Friday’s top-of-the-table showdown with the team in first place. “Not for the first time, we’ve brought Leverkusen back down to earth. But now we’ve got the really big game. We’re in good shape,” the general manager declared, firing the first verbal salvo immediately after the match at the BayArena.

Hoffenheim, whose sensational run to the top of the table as a promoted club has drawn a chorus of wonder and praise, visit the Allianz Arena in just five days’ time. “We’re respectful but not afraid. After all, we’re Bayern Munich,” said Bastian Schweinsteiger. Hoeneß can hardly wait for kick-off: “Now we want to beat Hoffenheim. I'm sure it'll be a cracking match, and it'll tell us who has the best team at the moment.“