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'Too early to write off Bayern' - Dortmund legend Kehl warns against dismissing Bundesliga champions in title race

11:22 pm AEDT 29/10/18
Bayern Munich 2018-19
The ex-Germany star expects Bayern Munich to "fight back" from their indifferent start and launch a stern defence of their league crown

Bayern Munich are still favourites for the Bundesliga title despite their indifferent start to the 2018-19 season, says Borussia Dortmund legend Sebastian Kehl.

After four successive wins at the start of Niko Kovac's tenure, Bayern failed to win any of their next three to pile pressure on the new head coach.

In that time Dortmund went from strength to strength under Lucien Favre, and they now lead the table two points clear of Bayern and remain unbeaten after nine matches.

Bayern arrested their mini-slump with wins over Wolfsburg and Mainz to ease the pressure on Kovac , their Bundesliga successes coming either side of a 2-0 Champions League triumph over AEK Athens.

And Kehl expects them to push on and re-establish themselves as title contenders in the coming months – even if Dortmund win their head-to-head meeting on November 10. 

"The problems Bayern have had will not last until the end of the season," Dortmund's head of the licensed player division told Sky

"They will fight back and continue to be favourites for the title, nothing has changed.

"[There is] still a long way to go."

Next up for the Bavarians is a DFB Cup tie against Rodinghausen on Tuesday, before a return to Bundesliga action on Saturday at the Allianz Arena against Freiburg.

Meanwhile, Dortmund will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw with Hertha Berlin on Saturday, when they face Wolfsburg away from home on November 3rd.