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Records, rhythm, rotation

Winning streak underpinned by three Rs

Schweinsteiger? Robben? Neuer? All three were unstoppable on Saturday – as they made their way wordlessly past reporters in the Allianz Arena mixed zone, for none had a relevant comment to make after sitting out a match overshadowed by the Champions League return against Barcelona. The result at home to Freiburg was all that mattered, and a 1-0 victory meant a new Bundesliga points record for the Reds.

“All day long, I've been somehow fired up about the points record. I'm totally delighted," commented Matthias Sammer following the league fixture sandwiched between the Barça double-header. Coach Jupp Heynckes, who took charge of a winning Bundesliga team for the 50th time since returning to Munich in summer 2011, agreed the record was significant: “We certainly had a great desire to beat the points record. It's what we were aiming for."