- Bayern made it six wins in a row by beating Stuttgart on Saturday.
- The record champions have reached five consecutive Champions League semi-finals.
- They have a 1-0 advantage from the first leg in Munich.
The season's finish line may be in sight but FC Bayern München must dig even deeper into their reserves of energy for one final push if they are to achieve what their coach Pep Guardiola quite rightly says would be something historic.
"We just need three wins and a draw, then we will have done something that no other German side has ever done before," he said after Matchday 29's 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart took the record champions one step closer to a fourth straight Bundesliga title.
Domestic glory is not all Bayern have in their crosshairs, though. On Wednesday night, they could move closer to winning another trophy this season, that of the UEFA Champions League. A fifth straight semi-final beckons after their 1-0 advantage from the first leg against SL Benfica, although nothing is certain just yet. "We need to score in Lisbon," says Robert Lewandowski. "We know Benfica better now than we did ahead of the first leg, but we've obviously got to be careful."
Like the Reds, Benfica were also successful at the weekend thanks a 2-1 win over Academica de Coimbra and - again like Bayern - are leading the way domestically with five games of the season to go, having also claimed 24 wins in the league this season.
"We'll travel to Lisbon with plenty of respect," said Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "It's going to be a tough match," acknowledging that his side are "in a decent position to reach the next round" thanks to Arturo Vidal's first-leg strike.
While the lead is slender, Bayern will know that a scoreless draw at the Estadio da Luz will be enough for a place in the semi-final draw, to be made in Nyon on Friday, and Thomas Müller for one will be happy with a no-frills, professional job in the second leg. "That's the sign of a good team when you win 1-0 three times in a row and then 3-1." Another clean sheet would therefore be just the ticket.