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FCB target win over ‘unpredictable’ HSV

The calculation is simple enough: should soon-to-be ex-champions Borussia Dortmund fail to win away to Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon, Bayern can seal the title on Matchday 27 out of 34 with a victory over Hamburg in the evening (Live in English from 6.30 pm CET on Web Radio). It would be the earliest title triumph in the league’s 50-year history, but even if FCB do pull it off, there will be no major celebration.

“As of the final whistle, our total concentration will be exclusively on the tough but exceptionally interesting Champions League quarter-final first leg against Juventus," declared chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Only 72 hours after the Bundesliga encounter, Italy's most successful club take on the German giants at the Allianz Arena, “and we'll try to continue along the path we've followed in Europe, just as we did in 2010 and 2012," Rummenigge continued.