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Sahin: Dortmund will challenge Bayern

17 July 2013 08:25

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Nuri Sahin said their bridesmaid season behind treble winners Bayern Munich will inspire them in 2013-14.

Bayern comfortably had Dortmund's measure in the Bundesliga, claiming the championship by a whopping 25 points, while also beating their rivals in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals and more noticeably in the Champions League final in May.

But Sahin said they will not be submitting to Bayern's brilliance again, after being within minutes of forcing extra-time in the Champions League decider.

"We are still ambitious," Sahin said.

"Because we played a final and lost it, we are even hungrier.

"As a result of the final, we want to give one or two per cent more to win those kind of games.

"We didn't win a title last season and our ambition will be the same.

"We can't wait for next season. We won't reduce our pace and we will want to play a good season."

The 24-year-old Turkish international has endured patchy form after being shuffled around clubs such as Liverpool, Galatasaray and Real Madrid but said he finally feels settled back in Germany.

"As I said before, I want to be important for the team and unlock my full potential," Sahin said.

"The time has come now that I can be involved with the full preparation, the way I couldn't the previous two years.

"That will be good for me.

"On the pitch I want to help my team wherever I can. I want to make the next step in my career and I want to improve."

Dortmund will hope their new signings Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can begin to look cohesive ahead of their opening league game against Augsburg on August 10.

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Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +10 9
2 3 +9 9
3 3 +4 7
4 3 +3 7
5 3 +3 6
6 3 -1 6
7 3 -2 6
8 3 +2 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 -1 4
11 3 -2 4
12 3 +0 3
13 3 -5 3
14 3 -2 1
15 3 -2 1
16 3 -4 1
17 3 -6 0
18 3 -6 0

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