- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) - The Bundesliga title race is over. The Champions League may be over for Bayern Munich now too, meaning the team may not have anything to play for come next week.

Pep Guardiola’s team has secured the Bundesliga title but since then it has lost three straight matches across three competitions. Bayern lost the German Cup semifinal (and the title) to Borussia Dortmund; it then lost at Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga; and then came the crushing 3-0 defeat in Barcelona that may prove enough to knock out Bayern from the Champions League at the semifinal stage for the second straight season.

Once the championship was under the belt, Guardiola declared “the Bundesliga is over” and said his team was now focusing on the other two competitions. But the dream of another treble season is over and Guardiola may finish with only one title this year, while he took two in his debut season at the club.

On Saturday, Bayern hosts Augsburg, a team that can earn a slot in the Europa League. While Bayern’s thoughts will be on how to shackle Lionel Messi and overcome a three-goal deficit next Tuesday against Barcelona, Augsburg has a lot to play for.

The last time Bayern lost three straight matches was four years ago, under then coach Louis van Gaal.

Here are some things to know about the 32nd round of the Bundesliga this weekend:

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BATLLE FOR THIRD

The match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen is likely to settle the battle for third place - and which team goes directly to the Champions League next season.

Leverkusen’s win over Bayern’s mostly B side last weekend brought it to within two points of Moenchengladbach, which is now third.

Moenchengladbach is undefeated in 11 matches, with eight wins. Leverkusen is undefeated in 10 but will be missing in-form attacking midfielder Karim Bellarabi through suspension.

“It would be a great step if we could open a five-point gap,” Moenchengladbach’s forward Ibrahima Traore said. “It will be a close match between two evenly strong teams, but we have a good chance of winning if we remain concentrated.”

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BATTLE FOR SECOND

If Moenchengladbach wins and Wolfsburg falters in Paderborn, Moenchengladbach could even jump to second. Wolfsburg’s lead has shrunk to two points after three winless matches.

Promoted Paderborn has escaped from the relegation zone with seven points from the last four matches and wants to make sure of spending another season in the top tier.

“We have it all in our hands and we can create a sensation,” midfielder Moritz Stoppelkamp said. “We all believe in it again, we are eager for this sensation.”

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HAMBURG’S REVIVAL

Hamburg, the only founding member of the Bundesliga in 1963 never to be relegated, finally moved out of the drop zone by winning in Mainz for its second straight win and now can confirm the improvement under new coach Bruno Labbadia when it hosts Freiburg, another club fighting against relegation. Freiburg is 16th place, which means a playoff against the third-place team from the second division.

“It’s a real big-point match,” defender Heiko Westermann said. “We’ve become a real unit under our new coach and it’s beginning to make fun again.”

Freiburg hasn’t won in four and coach Christian Streich says his team “must try to keep our heads high and deliver a good football match.”

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STUTTGART’S LAST CHANCE?

Stuttgart is three points away from the relative safety of the playoff slot and the match against Mainz is probably its last chance of escaping from the bottom.

“It’s important that no one thinks that it’s all over. There no ground to give up,” Stuttgart director Robin Dutt said. “That’s what our rival are waiting for.”

Mainz is safe in the middle of the table and has little to play for.


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