BERLIN - Striker Grafite played down any title hopes after he struck twice to guide VfL Wolfsburg to a 2-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday which kept them three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga with six matches left. Wolfsburg, on a 10-game winning streak, and Grafite, top league scorer with 22 goals in 28 matches, both seem unstoppable but the Brazilian warned of possible pitfalls ahead. "Our aim from the start of the season was to be in the top five," Grafite told reporters. "Nothing changes from that target despite our success." "With six matches remaining we have to fight each match and of course if we are on top in the end then that would make us very happy." Coach Felix Magath has consistently refused to consider the possibility of a first Bundesliga title for Wolfsburg, saying the team was not ready. "You can feel that the pressure is different when you are league leader. This was a lucky win today," Magath said. Magath, who enjoyed success as coach at Bayern, has worked hard to keep the team's feet firmly on the ground, fearful any title talk could derail their good form as happened to Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin this season. Promoted Hoffenheim, who surprisingly led at the halfway mark, have failed to win in their last 10 matches, drawing 2-2 with bottom-placed SC Karlsruhe on Saturday. Hertha Berlin, who led until a few weeks ago, lost three in a row to drop to fifth. They take on Werder Bremen on Sunday. "We are not talking about a title at this point," midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic said. "We can talk about that two or three games before the end but not before." Wolfsburg are on 57 points, three ahead of Bayern Munich and also have a better goal difference than the champions. NEWS: Grafite at the double to keep Wolfsburg top
18 April 2009
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