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Restrained but focused

FCB quietly confident ahead of run-in

With just three games to go, the Bundesliga title race is the closest-fought in the history of the German top flight. The top four are covered by a mere two points, with VfL Wolfsburg leading champions Bayern only on a marginally better goal difference. However, anyone who was expecting bold statements of intent and animated rallying cries from the direction of Bayern’s Säbener Strasse HQ would be sadly mistaken.

“Any message we broadcast to the world at this stage wouldn’t help us in the slightest. It’s a four-horse race, and anyone who loses a game now could well be playing in the Europa League next season,” a relaxed and composed caretaker boss Jupp Heynckes said on Monday. His men take on Bayer Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday (Live in English from 7.45 pm CET on Web Radio) with a fair chance of going top of the league for the very first time this term, but Heynckes utterly refused to think that far ahead. Pointedly, the word “title” never crossed his lips on Monday.