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By Tammy Bruce
Topic - bayer
Arjen Robben scored a hat trick as Bayern Munich routed Schalke 5-1 on Saturday to extend its Bundesliga lead to 20 points, a league record after 23 games.
Paris Saint-Germain hosts bitter rival Marseille on Sunday. Still the only team undefeated at home in the French league, PSG holds a five-point lead over Monaco, which in turn hopes for a victory at Saint-Etienne to keep the pressure on. Third-place Lille is neck and neck with Saint-Etienne and Marseille in the race for a Champions League spot and hopes to shake off its poor form at bottom-side Ajaccio on Sunday.
Runaway leader Bayern Munich can take another step toward the Bundesliga title with a win at home over Schalke, chastened by Wednesday's 6-1 rout at home by Real Madrid in the Champions League. Bayer Leverkusen hopes to end its alarming slump against Mainz while Borussia Dortmund hosts improving Nuremberg, and Werder Bremen clashes with Hamburger SV for the Bundesliga's 100th northern derby. Here are five things to know ahead of the 23rd round of games this weekend:
Bayer Leverkusen has signed wing back Wendell from Brazilian side Gremio with effect from next season.
Bayern Munich has taken team of the week honors in The Associated Press global football poll for the fifth time this season after following up its 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Champions League with a 4-0 rout at Hannover.
Real Madrid rides a big wave into Schalke for their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday having just shot to the top of the Spanish league for the first time since 2012.
Bayern Munich has taken team of the week honors in The Associated Press global soccer poll for the fifth time this season. The team followed up its 2-0 win at Arsenal in the Champions League with a 4-0 rout at Hannover.
Bayern Munich has earned team honors in The Associated Press global soccer poll for the fifth time this season.
Winning the Champions League has never been more important for Manchester United. Just to get a chance to rejoin Europe's elite again.
Manchester United will enjoy the welcome distraction of Champions League football this week, taking on Greek side Olympiakos in the round of 16.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic took his tally to 37 goals in another remarkable season on Sunday, scoring a hat trick as defending champion Paris Saint-Germain won 4-2 at Toulouse to maintain its five-point lead over Monaco.
Hamburger SV ended its seven-game losing streak in the Bundesliga by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on new coach Mirko Slomka's debut on Saturday.
Next-to-last Hamburger SV hosts Borussia Dortmund as it begins its struggle against relegation under a new coach, while runaway leader Bayern Munich visits Hannover in the 22nd round of the Bundesliga.
After thrashing Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in the Champions League, French league leader Paris Saint-Germain looks in ominous form ahead of its trip to Toulouse on Sunday. PSG is five points ahead of second-place Monaco, which hosts Reims on Friday. Elsewhere, third-place Lille faces Lyon on Sunday. Here are five things to know about the upcoming games.
Feeling they had a point to prove, Barcelona's players delivered in style, leaving Manchester City bitter and bruised.