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Topic - Jupp Heynckes
Bayern Munich's main title rivals all slipped up last weekend, leaving them more in competition with each other for European qualification places than for the German championship. Bayern continues its march at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday, while second-place Bayer Leverkusen hosts Stuttgart on Saturday. Third-place Dortmund gets the 19th round of games underway at bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
One third of the way through the Champions League group stage, it's no longer too early to start drawing some conclusions. As expected, Europe's big teams are already starting to pull ahead. Here are five thoughts to chew on from this week's matches:
Despite failing to win European soccer's top prize, Barcelona came out as the top team this season in The Associated Press global soccer poll.
Robben's 89th-minute goal lifted Munich to the title after losing out in the final two of the previous three years.
Bayern Munich is trying to downplay being the favorite.
Frank Lampard earned the top spot in the weekly Associated Press global soccer poll for the first time after setting Chelsea's career goals record.
It's turning into a procession for Bayern Munich in the Associated Press global soccer poll.
Chelsea is playing for a place in European soccer history as well as next season's competition when it meets Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Heynckes said that the final would probably be his last chance to lift the trophy he won in 1998 as coach of Real Madrid.
"This is special for Bayern and for the team," Heynckes said. "You have players who are a little bit older and for them it would be the crowning achievement of their careers. For me too, but I'm a little more relaxed about it. There's a little more distance because I won it before."