Bayern Munich forward Lukas Podolski has admitted that only a miracle will stop Wolfsburg winning the Bundesliga title, after his side were held 2-2 by Hoffenheim yesterday. Wolfsburg, meantime, overwhelmed Hanover 5-0, with three goals from Edin Dzeko and two from Grafite putting them two points clear at the summit with just one game to play.
Second-placed Bayern face title rivals Stuttgart at Munich's Allianz Arena next Saturday, with both sides on 64 points and mathematically able to claim top spot if Wolfsburg slip. Podolski insists the reigning champions have to hope Werder Bremen can beat the leaders to give his side a fighting chance of winning a consecutive title.
"Now we have to win our last game and, who knows, maybe there'll be a miracle and Wolfsburg will slip up," said Podolski. "Whatever, if we win, we're sure of second place."
After Frank Ribery put Bayern 1-0 on 16 minutes, Hoffenheim responded swiftly through striker Demba Ba. The hosts then took the lead through Carlos Eduardo, before Luca Toni earned Bayern a point on the stroke of half-time.
"We were a goal up and could have made it two or three, but then we let in two silly goals in the space of seven minutes," complained Podolski. "That made it much harder for us, now we need a miracle."
Stuttgart have won eight and drawn one of their last nine games, leaving Bayern defender Philipp Lahm in no doubt that they face an uphill task against Markus Babbel's side. "We have to beat Stuttgart at home, and that's a big ask because Stuttgart are on a roll," he said.
"We need to win the game and see where we end up. In terms of chances we were better than Hoffenheim. We believed in ourselves and we gave it everything. We should have taken a commanding lead in the first half, and we had decent chances after half-time too."
Thanks to their defeat of Hanover, Wolfsburg, who have topped the table since 4 April, are now in pole position to win their first league crown.
"This was a step in the right direction for the Bundesliga," said Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath, who will leave the club at the end of the season to join Schalke. "It is too early for speeches, but it is clear that we have made our life easier by winning. We now have a huge chance to bring the title to Wolfsburg."