The midfielder enthused about his side's chances of silverware this season, and is eyeing a better performance in Europe's top club competition after last year's disappointment
Jurgen Klopp's side managed to successfully defend their Bundesliga title in the last campaign, as well win the DFB-Pokal against Bayern Munich, but were dumped out of the continent's glamour club tournament in the group stage.
Bender insisted that the new season will be a better one for die Borussen, with the aim of making amends for a disappointing European campaign last term.
"In the Champions League, we have a few wishes of the fans to meet ... we know that," the 23-year-old told Der Westen. "We want to play better that we did last year.
"We have the foundations laid for a very good season. And those conditions are optimal.
"However, one cannot say that we will inevitably be champions again. What we can do is lay the stepping stone, then try to achieve the maximum.
"We have no priority. For us, every competition is equal, we want to stay in contention in each as long as possible."
Dortmund take on Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup on August 12 before kicking off the Bundesliga campaign against Werder Bremen 12 days later.