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Lahm: Dortmund our only serious rivals

23 January 2012 13:17

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm does not believe Borussia Monchengladbach or Schalke can mount serious title challenges.

Lucien Favre's 'Gladbach beat the Bavarians 3-1 on Friday to go just one point behind Jupp Heynckes' men, while Schalke's victory over Stuttgart saw them go join Bayern and Dortmund at the topo of the Bundesliga.

However, Lahm is not worried by the title bids from the two North Rhine-Westphalian clubs, and perceives defending champions Dortmund as the most realistic threat to his side taking back the Bundesliga title.

"If I'm honest, I don't think Schalke or Gladbach will take it (the championship)," Lahm told Kicker. "Dortmund have made a more stable impression."

Jurgen Klopp's side beat Bayern Munich to the signing of Marco Reus, but Lahm voiced his confidence that the Allianz Arena will always see a richer array of talent than Signal Iduna Park.

"For us, the competition for places will always be bigger, which could have influence Reus' decision," Lahm said. "Bayern will always have a better squad and more quality than Dortmund."

Meanwhile the 28-year-old, who also captains Germany, has stated that he is targeting victory at Euro 2012 later this year, and is unwilling to settle for second place.

"Anything other than winning it would be bad."

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