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The defender is relishing the return of Bundesliga action after his World Cup triumph and calls on Germany's youngsters to fill the void left by departing captain Philipp Lahm

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is ready for his side to be "hunted" as they seek to win a third successive Bundesliga title.

The Bavarians wrestled the domestic crown back from Borussia Dortmund as they completed the treble in the 2012-13 season before they retained the trophy in record time in Pep Guardiola's first campaign in charge.

Boateng enjoyed a memorable summer as he won the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and he has now set his sights on the battle for domestic supremacy once again in 2014-15.

"I'm not afraid, I'm looking forward to the games," he told Kicker.

"We have big goals. Now it starts all over again. We're being hunted."

Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm retired from international football following the World Cup this summer and Boateng has called on the younger players at Joachim Low's disposal to fill the void left by his team-mate.

"He's a great player and captain who will be missed," the 25-year-old added. "Luckily, there are many good, young players. Together, we must try to replace Philipp's great quality."

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