Bundesliga

Bayern prepare for record breaker

Pep Guardiola has made a great start to his Bayern career.
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Bayern Munich go in search of more records when they head to Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Having steamrolled their way to success last season, little has changed since Pep Guardiola took charge of the Bavarians in the summer, but he can become the club's most successful coach in terms of making the best start in the league by avoiding defeat at Hoffenheim.

Extending his unbeaten start to life as Bayern coach to 11 games would break a record set by Branko Zebec in 1968.

Furthermore, Bayern can extend their unbeaten record to 36 games this weekend, matching Hamburg's record from 1982 to 1983.

"We're really looking forward to it," said Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol, who is keen to throw a spanner in the works at the Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

"This is a very special game for us, but not as much so for Bayern. We want to do everything we can to send out a signal."

His side have emitted enough signals this season with the most goals scored - three more than Bayern - and the most conceded also.

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Bayern, on the other hand, have conceded the fewest, although they let in two in a single game for the first time this season last weekend against Hertha Berlin.

They have received another reward, or rather one of their players has, prior to Saturday's trip with David Alaba voted Austria's sportsman of the year on Thursday night.

The 21-year-old became the first footballer since Toni Polster in 1997 to win the prize, which he puts down to hard work and humility.

"I know that I'm living the dream of many young people, and my own dream, and I'm very grateful for this, and of course I need to pinch myself now and again to see if everything is really true," he told his club's website.

"I have good people around me who pinch me now and again too, and that helps me keep my feet on the ground."

A loan spell at Hoffenheim also helped launch his career, but he has warned his former club to expect a hungry and revitalized Bayern on Saturday.

"Having a week off has allowed us to really get our breath back," Alaba added. "This week was also important psychologically.

"Our aim is to get three points in Hoffenheim and we're going to do everything to get them."

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