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Apr 5, 2013

Heynckes calm as Bayern close in on title

Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes has called for patience as the club could seal the Bundesliga title this weekend, reminding everyone that they have won nothing yet.

• Blog: Bayern in firm control

Between the two legs of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Juventus - which they lead 2-0 on aggregate - the German champions-elect could seal the club's 23rd domestic championship by taking three points at Frankfurt on Saturday. With only seven games left to play in the Bundesliga, Bayern hold a 20-point lead over reigning champions Borussia Dortmund.

With 13 wins and only one loss - against Arsenal - Bayern have a near-100% record in 2013. But despite those stats, the recent 9-2 thrashing of Hamburg in the Bundesliga and a consummate win over Juve on Tuesday, Heynckes said Bayern still had a job to finish.

"I don't like the word proud," he replied when questioned if he was proud of Bayern's recent achievements. "That would also be wrong. We still have not won a single title. Be patient.

"I don't dream of anything. I am a realist. I am well aware that now is not the time to dream. You don't win anything by dreaming. We have achieved nothing yet. Nothing."

With the title almost in the bag, Bayern remain on course for a league, cup and European treble, but Heynckes said it would be "presumptuous" to believe Bayern had already sealed their tie.

"We were perfectly prepared for one game," he told Bild. "We still have 90 minutes to play. After that we will know if we have made the semi-finals."

The 67-year-old also put the great season down to the strength of his squad and not his "golden hands".

"With the bench I have it is rather easy," he said. "If you have players like [Xherdan] Shaqiri, like [Arjen] Robben, like [Claudio] Pizarro or [Mario] Gomez on the bench you can't do much wrong as a coach. Those are all super lads who do a super job."

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