As the closest relegation battle in German top-flight history heads into the final straight, bundesliga.com brings you all the reaction to the penultimate weekend of action.
MATCHDAY 33 RESULTS:
Saturday 16 May
VfL Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
SV Werder Bremen 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
FC Augsburg 1-2 Hannover 96
Hertha Berlin 0-0 Eintracht Frankfurt
VfB Stuttgart 2-1 Hamburger SV
1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0 1. FC Köln
SC Freiburg 2-1 FC Bayern München
FC Schalke 04 1-0 SC Paderborn 07
Monday 18 May
Thanks and bis bald!
That brings to an end our updates for Matchday 33. We'll be back with one more round of 2014/15 live bulletins on Thursday as we build up to the last set of fixtures of the current campaign. In the meantime, make sure you keep abreast of all the latest news from the Bundesliga right here!
Five-time European champions FC Bayern have been confirmed a place in pot 1 for the 2015/16 Champions League group stage draw. Following a significant change in the regulations by UEFA, pot 1 for the draw, which will be held in Monaco on 28 August, will be formed by the league winners of the continent's top seven associations.
Enjoy your week! pic.twitter.com/kxaAQLHqZw— Holger Badstuber (@Badstuber) May 18, 2015
Bundesliga 2 side FSV Frankfurt have reacted to the side's miserable run of form that saw them slip into the bottom three on Matchday 33 by replacing head coach Benno Möhlmann with Tomas Oral. Click here for the full story.
After being suspended by Schalke last week, Royal Blues midfielder Marco Höger was given the green light to return to training today, meaning he is in contention for a place in the squad on Matchday 34. The club announced the news via their official Twitter account on Monday afternoon.
While many people may be dreamy down in Ingolstadt, Hamburg fans will be waking up wishing it was just a nightmare that they were beaten 2-1 at Stuttgart. Rene Adler is not giving up belief that the Bundesliga's dinosaurs - in the top flight uninterrupted since its inception - can avoid the drop on Matchday 34. Find out his thoughts in a lengthy interview here.
We also caught up with a number of the key protagonists after the Matchday 33 action, including Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp, Wolfsburg striker Bas Dost, Hamburg defender Johan Djourou, and many more besides! Click here to head to our selection of video interviews.
Why not start the day by refreshing your memory and checking out the best of the goals and talking points with our video highlights? Alternatively, head to our WATCH page for individual match highlights of all nine games.
The dust is still settling on a drama-filled weekend of Bundesliga action, but fear not as bundesliga.com is here to help you make sense of it all! Stick with us throughout the day for the latest happenings in the league of the world champions...
Sunday 17 May
We'll leave you with some more reaction from yesterday's clash at the Mercedes-Benz Arena: Following HSV's 2-1 loss at Stuttgart, Rene Adler spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com about the damaging defeat and the Red Shorts' make-or-break Matchday 34 clash with Schalke (click on the link above!). See you all on the morrow.
Hats off to Ingolstadt! The question is: who'll be joining them in the top flight next term? Despite losing 1-0 in Fürth, Darmstadt still lead the way in second, a point clear of third-placed Karlsruher, who go into the final weekend ahead of Kaiserslautern thanks to their marginally superior goal difference. Darmstadt host St. Pauli next weekend, Karlsruher are up against 1860 Munich and the Red Devils face the freshly crowned champions.
Nach einem Jahr beim FC Fulham kehrt Verteidiger Konstantinos Stafylidis in der neuen Saison zu Bayer 04 zurück. Welcome back !— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) May 17, 2015
... gibt Selbstvertrauen. Die Mannschaft legt alles rein. Wollen gegen Freiburg gewinnen, werden uns optimal vorbereiten." #H96 (2/2)— Hannover 96 (@Hannover96) May 17, 2015
Jürgen Klopp admitted his frustration after falling to a 2-1 defeat to Wolfsburg in his penultimate Bundesliga game in charge of Dortmund. “We put in a very good performance for 88 minutes of the match but weren’t on top of things in two instances,” the BVB boss said referring to Wolfsburg’s goals. “I'd feel considerably better if we'd got a draw.“
Bayern München centre-back Jerome Boateng admitted his disappointment in the wake of the confirmed champions’ third consecutive Bundesliga loss away to Freiburg. “It’s really annoying to concede so late,” the 2014 World Cup winner told the DFB website. “You must not give a draw away like that. Apologies to the fans.”
Hannover 96 captain Lars Stindl was a happy man indeed after scoring a brace to help his side to a much-needed 2-1 triumph away to Augsburg. “We’re over the moon,” he said after the win that lifted them out of the bottom three. “It was a crazy game. Thankfully we our efforts were rewarded.”
VfB Stuttgart’s impressive 2-1 comeback victory at home to fellow relegation battlers Hamburger SV dominated the sports pages in Germany on Sunday. “Stuttgart made a huge step in their quest to avoid the drop,” writes Stuttgarter Zeitung. “They were far dominant and have relegation in their own hands again.” Süddeutsche Zeitung, meanwhile, commented: “Hamburg weren't quite up to scratch."
Hello and welcome to another day packed with news and reaction from Germany's top division. We'll be looking back on an enthralling Saturday, but don't forget there's plenty of action in Bundesliga 2 too this afternoon (all nine games kicking off at 15:30 CEST / 13:30 GMT), as surprise packages FC Ingolstadt and Darmstadt 98 could both seal promotion to the top flight today.
Saturday 16 May
Schalke may have booked their place in next season's UEFA Europa League against Paderborn, but the Royal Blues will be without captain Benedikt Höwedes for the final game of the campaign after the Germany international defender suffered ankle ligament damage against the East Westphalians.
#Zerofivers have secured Bundesliga football for the 2015/16 season, which will be their 7th season in the first division in succession!— 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@Mainz05en) May 12, 2015
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE!!! pic.twitter.com/ww5zgMQc3j— Yann Sommer (@YannSommer1) May 16, 2015
8- @bayer04fussball have kept a clean sheet in their last 8 home games –club record! Only Bayern (98/99) and Bochum (03/04) managed 9. Home.— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) May 16, 2015
So starten die Wölfe: Benaglio - Jung, Naldo, Klose, Rodriguez - Arnold, Guilavogui - Caligiuri, De Bruyne, Perisic - Dost. #WOBBVB— VfL_Wolfsburg (@VfL_Wolfsburg) May 16, 2015
BVB: Langerak - Durm, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Kehl, Gündogan - Mkhitayran, Kagawa, Kampl - Aubameyang #wobbvb— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 16, 2015
Die Startelf der Werkself: Leno - Hilbert, Jedvaj, Toprak, Wendell - Rolfes, Reinartz - Bellarabi, Son - Calhanoglu, Kießling.#B04TSG— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball) May 16, 2015
New Green-Whites kit
Werder Bremen are presenting their home jersey for the 2015/16 campaign on a huge banner outside the Weserstadion:
Ein von SV Werder Bremen (@werderbremen) gepostetes Foto am 16. Mai 2015 um 4:09 Uhr
Hello and welcome to another day full of latest news and updates from the German top flight! Stick with us for an action-packed adventure with nine games taking place simultaneously! Bring. It. On!
Friday 15 May
With nine games taking place simultaneously on Saturday, and with so much at stake in each one, you could be forgiven for struggling to decide what to watch. bundesliga.com offers a helping hand by outlining what to expect in this weekend's televised matches.
Leverkusen winger has enjoyed a truly sensational season, establishing himself as one of the Bundesliga's most feared attackers in his breakthrough campaign. Check out our exclusive video interview with the Germany international ahead of the Werkself's meeting with Hoffenheim.
Bayern superstar , who hasn't played since Matchday 24 due to a troublesome ankle complaint, believes he will be back to his best in time for the new season. "I'll come back stronger than ever before," he told Kicker magazine on Friday, a day after his wife gave birth to a son. Congratulations!
Speaking to Wolfsburg's in-house TV channel, Bas Dost threw down the gauntlet to BVB ahead of Saturday's game: "We’ll play to attack and hope to score a lot of goals in our final home match this season." The Dutchman also hasn't given up hope of finishing as top scorer, and is only three behind 19-goal leader Alex Meier: "It’ll be difficult but nothing is impossible. I’ll give it my best shot."
It may be a whopping 1300km round-trip, but that has not stopped Hamburg supporters turning out in numbers to secure their tickets to HSV's relegation crunch match away to Stuttgart. The club announced on Facebook that over 6,000 fans will make the journey south for a game they described as a "final."
This year's six-way relegation battle may be the closest in Bundesliga history, but that is not to say there haven't been some rollercoaster rides before now. Just take a look at the epic campaign from 1998/99 in the video below!
In an interview with German tabloid Bild, Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode summed up his first year at the Bundesliga champions: “My speed of thought has got a lot quicker. Training here is so fast and you need to make decisions so quickly. You have no time to think. I had to speed up my thoughts and I did so. I’ve also become more dangerous in front of goal.”
There could be an unfamiliar face in goal for Bayern in Freiburg after coach Pep Guardiola announced that No1 Manuel Neuer "has a knock on his ankle, I don't know [if he can play]." With back-up keepers Pepe Reina (suspended) and Tom Starke (fitness) unable to feature, Guardiola said: "Maybe Ivan Lucic (r.) can play."
Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp has given his penultimate pre-match press conference as BVB boss. His side face DFB Cup final opponents Wolfsburg tomorrow in an ecnounter he is expecting to be "full of passion". Click here to view the video.
These are momentous times in Hamburg, with the Bundesliga's only ever-present club teetering on the edge of relegation. Find out what head coach Bruno Labbadia makes of the situation ahead of his side's six-pointer against Stuttgart tomorrow by watching our video here.
Ahead of the clash between Bremen and Gladbach tomorrow check out a slice of Bundesliga history from when the sides met back in the 1970/71 campaign, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel:
Is it the greatest comeback in Bundesliga history? Borussia Dortmund's rise from 18th to 7th in a matter of months has certainly been impressive. bundesliga.com has found out what BVB have done differently since the turn of the calendar year...
Jonas Hector is learning a new language :) https://t.co/SFF4JDWBzd— 1. FC Cologne (@fckoeln_en) May 15, 2015
bundesliga.com whips around the grounds to preview Saturday afternoon's remaining fixtures. The games in Gelsenkirchen and Augsburg could effect both ends of the table, while Bremen, Gladbach, Leverkusen and Hoffenheim are all focused on getting the points they need to boost their European ambitions.
"With the exception of Martin Stranzl, everyone is fit. Alvaro Dominguez is back with us. We desperately want to pick up points.
"Bremen are very dangerous on the counterattack and at set-pieces. Every game is tough and, until now, every game has been very tight.
"Qualifying for the Champions League is like winning the Bundesliga title for us."
"We're very happy with how our campaign has panned out. On Saturday, I'm hoping luck will be on our side and that we'll get a good result.
"We'll do our best tomorrow. Our Europe League rivals have very difficult games as well. We'll have to wait and see what happens.
"We're not counting our chickens yet. We've still got two games left - we can achieve great things. We'll see where we are after these two games."
"We take every game seriously. We'll make a few changes, but we want to win the game [in Freiburg]. We'll give our all, as we always do.
"We've had a great season. If you lose a semi-final to Real Madrid or Barcelona, you haven't done a lot wrong. There are many big teams who haven't won a title this year.
"Manuel Neuer has a knock, I don't know [if he can play]. Pepe Reina is suspended. Is Tom Starke ready? Maybe Ivan [Lucic] can play."
"We're well prepared for the final part of the season. We've trained incredibly well this week. The lads' attitude has been first class!
"We're focused and concentrating on ourselves. We're aware of the unrest at Schalke, but that doesn't concern us.
"The atmosphere within the camp has been excellent. We certainly haven't given up hope and maybe - this time - we'll have Lady Luck on our side."
It's been 28 years since Borussia Mönchengladbach last won at the Weser-Stadion. The Foals are hoping to halt that alarming winless run on Saturday afternoon and record a win that could seal their place in the group stage of next season's premier club competition. Head over here for more...
bundesliga.com users have spoken: Robert Lewandowski's sublime volley against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 26 has won the April Goal of the Month vote by a landslide. The Polish international's strike earned a staggering 86 per cent of the vote, beating Ricardo Rodriguez, Admir Mehmedi and Mario Vrancic to the award.
After losing at Mönchengladbach last time out, Bayer Leverkusen are facing the prospect of having to qualify for next season's Champions League via a two-legged play-off. However, should the Foals drop points at Werder Bremen on Saturday, die Werkself are ready to take full advantage. Click here for more.
Today we'll be bringing you live updates from Pep Guardiola's news conference, which is due to begin at 12:00 CEST. The Catalan saw his side exit the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, despite a spirited performance in their semi-final second leg against Barcelona. The Champions travel to Freiburg on Saturday.
Thursday 14 May
Who remembers this game then? In case you'd forgotten, it was a 6-3 thriller won by Bayern, with Michale Ballack, Claudio Pizarro and Sebastian Deisler all on the scoresheet for the men from Munich. Here's to hoping for similar entertainment against Freiburg this weekend.
How many games has Paderborn's Srdjan Lakic won against Schalke? How many years has it been since Gladbach were in the top three at this stage of the campaign? When was the last time Freiburg beat Bayern? bundesliga.com reveals all in our weekly stat storm!
"Our objective is clear. We have to win the game on Saturday. Everything else is not acceptable."
"It's about the collective against Paderborn, not personal interests. Only a win counts for us against Paderborn this weekend."
"We're only separated by three points in the Rückrunde table. The difference between the two sides isn't as great as it was in the first half of the season.
"Both teams have got a big game coming up [...] but the DFB Cup final will be a completely different contest."
"Sven Bender twisted his ankle in midweek and Sebastian Kehl has picked up a knock. We'll have to wait and see [if they'll be fit]. Jakub Blaszczykowski has returned to light training and Marco Reus is training normally today."
"It will be a very interesting Bundesliga game. BVB will play with their best possible starting eleven. Our aim is to end the season unbeaten in our own stadium.
"Marcel Schäfer, Luiz Gustavo and Ivan Perisic are all carrying slight knocks. Aaron Hunt has had no problems in training, though."
Wolves sporting director Klaus Allofs: "For us, it's all about ensuring the best possible end to an impressive Bundesliga season."
"Four players didn't take part in training today, but I'm confident they'll be fit in time for Saturday.
"We're only focusing on ourselves. We can't influence anything else. The most important thing is to keep our composure.
"We've improved a lot in our last couple of games, but we haven't achieved anything yet. As it's a public holiday today we wanted to give our fans the opportunity to see us in action [in training] today."
"We're capable of coping with [the relegation battle] without blaming each other. There's no point saying such and such is at fault, or the coach is at fault. We're a team and we have to take responsibility as a team.
"I would have preferred to stay out of the battle at the bottom, but it'll be interesting to see what happens.
"We're highly motivated - as you could see against Hamburg [on Matchday 32]. HSV weren't at their best, but we played with a lot more freedom than they did."
Welcome to the Matchday 33 edition of our live updates. Over the next five days, we'll be bringing you all the build-up, news and reaction to the penultimate round of fixtures in Germany's top flight. In particular, we'll be focusing on the small matter of the closest relegation battle in Bundesliga history.