Indeed, Matchday 31 has left everybody on tenterhooks for what is set to be a rip-roaring final few rounds of matches near the top and the bottom of the standings. bundesliga.com rounds up biggest talking points to have emerged from the latest round of action in Germany's top flight.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen showed that the record champions are still fallible, but a heavily-rotated squad confirmed that Bayern's focus was not on their BayArena clash, but rather on the biggest appointment they currently have on their agenda – at FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals on Wednesday. Defeat, it is hoped, will not have dented morale ahead of their Camp Nou visit. At least, as Philipp Lahm (l.) pointed out afterwards, they did not pick up any more injuries.
1195 minutes was the length of time had to wait before finding the back of the net again in the Bundesliga. That must feel like an eternity to many players, not least to a striker who, two years ago, was lifting the Torjägerkanone. With that drought ended, the Hunter added a second for good measure, confirming his return to form at a crucial moment for FC Schalke 04, who ended their own six-game winless streak thanks in no small part to the once-again deadly Dutchman.
SC Paderborn were the big winners at the foot of the table on Matchday 31, leap-frogging fellow strugglers SC Freiburg thanks to a coaching masterpiece from Andre Breitenreiter. His decision to bring on Lukas Rupp helped the East Westphalians earn back-to-back wins and take them out of the relegation zone with three games to go. The major losers were VfB Stuttgart, who still prop up the rest, and Hannover 96, who slipped into the bottom three for the first time all season.
(r.) may be moving to RB Leipzig in the summer, but he could leave SV Werder Bremen with the parting gift of European football next season. His goal earned Viktor Skripnik's men all three points against Eintracht Frankfurt, making them (together with Schalke) the big winners in the race for a place in the UEFA Europa League. Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund fluffed their lines , while FC Augsburg are now clinging on to sixth after a draw with 1. FC Köln.
Bayern may have an unassailable lead at the top, but the best Bundesliga team since the turn of the year have been Borussia Mönchengladbach. Their 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Sunday means the Foals have earned 33 points in the second half of the season, two more than Bayern. Lucien Favre's men are also 11 league games unbeaten, so their clash for third place with Leverkusen next week promises to be a cracker.
Take a look at Lukas Rupp's unusual celebration for Paderborn on Matchday 31, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: