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Champion Bayern Munich plays in Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga with minds on Barcelona

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FRANKFURT, Germany — With the Bundesliga title decided, the focus is on slots for the Champions League and the struggle against relegation.

Bayern Munich secured its 25th title last weekend but it can still play a role in the allocation of Champions League slots.

The Bavarians travel to Bayer Leverkusen, one of the teams seeking a direct place in the elite competition. Leverkusen cannot drop lower than fourth, but that means a potentially tricky qualifying round.

With four matches to play, Leverkusen is two points behind Borussia Moenchengladbach and six behind second-place Wolfsburg. The top three teams qualify directly.

Bayern's minds will be on next week's trip to Barcelona for the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.

Pep Guardiola's team is also trying to put behind a dramatic semifinal exit in the German Cup, two days after securing the championship. Bayern lost the title when four of its penalty takers failed to score in the shootout against Borussia Dortmund.

Perhaps even worse, it lost winger Arjen Robben for the rest of the season to a calf injury, while striker Robert Lewandowski suffered a concussion and facial injuries.

Guardiola, eager to avoid a second straight Champions League semifinal exit, is likely to rest most of his stars.

Here are some things to know about this weekend's matches:


LEVERKUSEN'S STREAK

Leverkusen's run of a club-record seven straight wins ended with a 1-1 draw in Cologne.

Apart from striving to cut the gap to Moenchengladbach, Leverkusen is seeking a measure of revenge for the quarterfinal German Cup elimination by Bayern — on penalties.

It remains to be seen what kind of tactic and what starting 11 Guardiola picks for the match that means nothing to his team.

PHOTO: Munich's players look on in a penalty shootout during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Dortmund advanced to the final after beating Bayern 2-0 on penalties.  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Munich's players look on in a penalty shootout during the German soccer cup (DFB Pokal) semifinal match between FC Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Dortmund advanced to the final after beating Bayern 2-0 on penalties. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The Champions League is on the minds of Leverkusen players as well.

"We want to avoid the qualifying round," Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno said.


WOLFSBURG'S STREAK

Wolfsburg delivered the title last week by going down at Moenchenglabach. The team is winless in four matches and its margin over Moenchengladbach has shrunk to four points.

But Wolfsburg cleared the German Cup semifinal hurdle against third-tier club Arminia Bielefeld and can hope that its slump has ended.

It hosts neighboring Hannover, which is winless in 14 matches. Hannover is one point away from the danger zone and desperately needs some success.


OKAZAKI FACTOR

Mainz has all relegation worries behind it, while Hamburger SV comes to visit encouraged by its home victory against Augsburg.

Hamburg needs to win to escape from the relegation zone and hopes striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga will continue to find the target after scoring twice last weekend.

But Mainz also has its ace in striker Shinji Okazaki, who has four goals in his last three matches against Hamburg.


CONVENT HELP?

After missing out on the Champions League, Schalke is in danger of being left out of the Europa League as well.

Roberto di Matteo's team has only one win in its last 10 matches and next faces last-place Stuttgart. But Stuttgart has played better than its results show and could save itself with some good results in the finish of the season — it is only two points away from safety.

Di Matteo did the unusual move by taking his players to a convent for a training camp this week.

Maybe the prayers will help striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar start scoring again after 13 matches without a goal.

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