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Football: Treble-chasing Bayern prepare for Juventus

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With the Bundesliga won, Bayern Munich are out to see off Juventus in Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, second leg as the Bavarian giants bid to become the first German team to win the treble.

Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger's second-half goal in Saturday's 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt meant Bayern became German champions for the 23rd time as they won the Bundesliga title, holding a 20-point lead, with six matches left.

Bayern now want to be the first German team to win the treble of league, cup and Champions League titles and they face Juventus in Turin with a 2-0 lead from last Tuesday's first leg in Munich having lost last year's final to Chelsea.

"We have just successfully completed the first stage, now we want to finish off the job," said coach Jupp Heynckes who gave his team Monday off before they fly to Turin on Tuesday.

"I put my complete trust in this team."

After Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final, Bayern host Wolfsburg in the last four of the German Cup on Tuesday April 16 with a place in the Berlin final on June 1 up for grabs.

"It would be disastrous if we don't now use this chance of both reaching the Champions League semi-finals and getting into the cup final," said Bayern president Uli Hoeness.

French star Franck Ribery, who turned 30 on Sunday, and Holland's Arjen Robben both opted to take part in sprint training on Monday, while striker Mario Mandzukic is available again for selection after a heavy cold at the weekend.

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