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Lahm: Dortmund favorites to win Bundesliga title

The fullback feels the reigning champion is the team to beat in Germany once more, but nonetheless is determined to help Bayern to glory in the coming season

Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm believes Borussia Dortmund is expected to retain its Bundesliga crown.

The titleholder recently stated that its goal for 2012-13 is Champions League qualification rather than the league title, but the Germany international is refusing to take their admission for face value.

"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," the defender was quoted as saying on Bayern's official website.

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

Lahm then went on to stress that Bayern is desperate to win its first Bundesliga title since 2010.

"We had become used to winning the Bundesliga at least every second season," the fullback 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."

Bayern starts the new Bundesliga campaign with an away match against Greuther Furth on August 24.

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