bundesliga.com picks the standout talking points from the latest round of action in the league of the world champions...
Lucien Favre's Foals are now all-but assured of an automatic place in the Champions League group stages next season after their huge win over top-three rivals Leverkusen. Gladbach's 3-0 victory left them five points ahead of the Werkself with two games to go and underlined their status as a force to be reckoned with: Gladbach are unbeaten in their last 12 league games and have conceded just six goals in that period. Europe beware!
After winning the Bundesliga title on Matchday 27 last season, Bayern picked up just one point from the three immediate league fixtures after that, before losing the first leg of their Champions League semi-final to Spanish opposition (Real Madrid). Something similar has happened this year: Pep Guardiola's charges have lost twice in the league since securing the Bundesliga crown and also suffered a reverse against FC Barcelona in their Champions League semi-final first leg.
Just four points separate VfB Stuttgart at the bottom of the table from Hertha Berlin in 13th, meaning any of six teams could still go down this season. It is therefore also the tightest relegation battle in Bundesliga history. Stuttgart were the biggest winners this weekend, with their 2-0 victory over Mainz hauling them back to within touching distance of the rest of the pack. The battle to beat the drop promises to be one of high intensity.
With Dortmund second-bottom of the table at the turn of the year, survival was the club's only objective for a while. Yet an impressive - they've won ten of 12 possible points since coach Jürgen Klopp announced his decision to step down - has left BVB with qualification for the Europa League in their own hands. If they win the DFB Cup final against Wolfsburg then a place is theirs; if they lose then the seventh place the currently occupy in the table will be enough too.
After VfL Wolfsburg wrapped up a place in the group stages of the Champions League by beating relegation-threatened SC Paderborn 07, promoted 1. FC Köln put an end to any lingering relegation doubts with a 2-0 home win over sixth-placed FC Schalke 04. The Billy Goats have exceeded all expectations, not even spending a single weekend in the bottom three. Not only that, but Peter Stöger's side also boast the best defensive record outside the top four so far this term.