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Lahm: Dortmund are favourites

July 29, 2012
By ESPN staff

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm has admitted that back-to-back Bundesliga champions Dortmund are favourites for the title this season, despite his club's standing in Germany.

GettyImagesDortmund celebrate their title win

Bayern, the most successful side in German history, have brought in the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro to try to get the Bundesliga trophy back again from a Dortmund team who are targeting 2012-13 Champions League qualification as their main aim.

"Dortmund are deliberately acting modest, and let's face it, it's served them well over the last two seasons. I actually talked about this with [Borussia Dortmund president] Reinhard Rauball," Lahm told Bayern's official website.

"But I think the club that have won back-to-back titles start as favourites, although there are other title candidates. I have Schalke on my radar for example, they'll be there or thereabouts."

Bayern have not won the title since 2010 and Lahm believes that complacency cannot be a barrier to their success anymore.

"We had become used to winning the Bundesliga at least every second season," the full-back added. "But we fell short, and that basically cannot be. The title is our priority. I definitely still have a deep yearning for more trophies."