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Bayern keen to extend unassailable lead

Bayern Munich hope to take another step towards the Bundesliga title this weekend, but preparations for Sunday’s trip to Freiburg were marred by a training ground clash between Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski.

Hummels and Lewandowski clashed during a training session on Wednesday, but Bayern will look to brighten the mood by extending their colossal 19-point lead at the top of the table this weekend.

Top-four contenders RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund also clash this weekend, in a crucial a six-pointer in the race for the Champions League spots.

Elsewhere, Kevin-Prince Boateng returns to action for Eintracht Frankfurt, while Hamburg face former goalkeeper Rene Adler as they continue their desperate bid to avoid relegation against Mainz.

Bayern Munich will hope that Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski have buried the hatchet by the time they face Freiburg on Sunday. The two players clashed on Wednesday, with Hummels reportedly criticising Lewandowski’s attitude before telling him to “shut your mouth”.

The argument comes amid a wave of media speculation this week that Lewandowski may be angling for a move away from Bayern. Bayern will face Freiburg without Kingsley Coman, who underwent ankle surgery this week and is set to be out of action for several weeks.

Both RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are struggling with psychological issues ahead of their crucial top-six clash on Saturday. Leipzig’s Yussuf Poulsen told Bild newspaper that his team had “a mentality problem” after last week’s shock defeat to Cologne.

Dortmund coach Peter Stoeger had equally harsh words for his team after Monday’s 1-1 draw with Augsburg. “We showed no passion,” said Stoeger. “I didn’t get the feeling that everyone was giving everything to win the game.” -AFP

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