Berlin: Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm is relishing what he describes as a "decisive week" for the Bundesliga leaders in their bid for an fourth straight league title. Bayern are eight points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who they play next Saturday, the second of two tough back-to-back league games in the coming week.

Bayern captain Philipp Lahm
Bayern captain Philipp Lahm

Bayern host Mainz on Wednesday, then travel to Dortmund to play their nearest rivals in Germany’s ‘Der Klassiker’. Lahm said the aim is beat Mainz, then win at Dortmund to travel home with at least an 11-point advantage.

"I think it will be a decisive week in the title race. If we manage to win both of our next games then we can definitely talk about the championship, but we still have a long way to go.

We’ve still got a few games after this week, but if we win our next two then it’ll be very difficult to catch us. But first we need to beat Mainz and Dortmund.

We can take a huge step forward," said Lahm.