The Bavarians have won three consecutive league titles, but the forward doubts they will make it four in a row
Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang believes his side will end Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance this season.
The Bavarians have won three league titles in a row and have started the current campaign with five wins from as many matches, but are second to Dortmund on goal difference.
Aubameyang has acknowledged Bayern remain the team to beat but is confident of dethroning the reigning champions.
“Bayern are obviously favourites, but we want to make life as difficult as possible,” he told reporters.
“We have got off to a super start, the euphoria is huge. I think Bayern will not be the champions this year.”
The 26-year-old also revealed his target goal haul for this season, adding: “My goal is to score 20 goals this season. That’s why I made a bet with Thomas Tuchel.”
Aubameyang has scored six in the league so far this season, with a further three coming in the Europa League. He netted 25 in all competitions in 2014-15.
The former Barcelon boss believes last season’s runners-up have invested enough to join the likes of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke in fighting for the Bundesliga
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola views Wolfsburg as a credible challenger to his club’s recent dominance of German football.
The two sides meet at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, with Wolfsburg having finished second behind Bayern in the Bundesliga last year before beating the same opponents on penalties in last month’s DFL Super Cup.
Dieter Hecking’s men head into the eagerly anticipated clash four points shy of Bayern, who are level on points with Borussia Dortmund at the summit on the back of five wins from their opening five league games.
“Wolfsburg have invested a lot recently. People wanted a competitor for Bayern and not just they are there,” Guardiola told a press conference, before listing Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke alongside Wolfsburg and Dortmund as title contenders.
“We know [Wolfsburg’s] quality and their style of play. But, as usual, it’s all about the three points.”
Guardiola, who confirmed that striker Robert Lewandowski will be available once more after recovering from an ankle problem, is also looking forward to a reunion with Dante.
The Brazilian defender joined Wolfsburg from Bayern in August having lost his starting spot at the Allianz Arena.
“I want my players to be happy,” Guardiola added, reflecting on Dante’s desire to leave.
“I would also be satisfied if he had stayed because he helped me a lot.”
After Franz Beckenbauer’s criticism of the Chilean, the fellow club great revealed he too has doubts over whether the former Juve player will fit in at the Allianz Arena
Bayern Munich legend Oliver Kahn says he is not convinced Arturo Vidal has what it takes to contribute to Pep Guardiola’s side regularly this season.
The Chile international was on target in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Darmstadt, having come in for criticism earlier this week from Bayern legend Franz Beckenbauer, who suggested the 28-year-old lacked dynamic movement.
Guardiola leapt to his player’s defence on Friday although Kahn said on Sunday he remains unsure whether Vidal can consistently add to Guardiola’s side.
“It’s all about the right mix within a team,” the former Germany goalkeeper told Sport1.
“When all the players are the same, that can also be problematic, which we have seen in recent years.
“Vidal is a player who relies very much on the physical battles.
“Whether he can really play the combination football of Bayern at the highest level, he has to prove that in the next few weeks.
“‘I’m not 100 per cent sure.”
The Poland international picked up an injury in the Champions League match with Olympiacos but returned to training on Sunday and could be available for the match against Dieter…
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has received some positive news from the treatment table in the build-up to Tuesday’s Bundesliga match versus Wolfsburg as Robert Lewandowski has resumed regular training.
The Poland international picked up an ankle injury in last week’s 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiacos and consequently missed Saturday’s 3-0 Bundesliga victory versus Darmstadt.
Lewandowski is in line to make his comeback against Wolfsburg, though, with Bayern confirming he returned to squad training on Sunday.
“Bayern will probably be able to call on Robert Lewandowski for Tuesday evening’s top Bundesliga clash with Wolfsburg,” read a statement on the club’s official website.
“The Pole missed Saturday’s Darmstadt trip with an ankle injury sustained in the midweek Champions League meeting with Olympiacos, but resumed the team training programme on Sunday.”
The 27-year-old has been a key figure for Bayern in the opening stages of the 2015-16 campaign, scoring three goals in four Bundesliga appearances.
Champions Bayern top the table with 15 points from five games, while Wolfsburg sit third with 11 points.
The Bundesliga champions beat Darmstadt 3-0 to ensure their perfect start to the season continues and the coach was delighted with the way they saw out the game
Pep Guardiola was left thoroughly impressed by Bayern Munich’s 3-0 win over Darmstadt on Saturday.
Arturo Vidal, Kingsley Coman and Sebastian Rode were all on target for the Bundesliga champions to ensure their perfect start to the season continues.
The victory comes a few days after their 3-0 Champions League win over Olympiakos, and the coach was delighted to see them pick up a fifth straight league win.
“I am very, very happy,” he told reporters. “We interpreted the game very well. We fought well.
“It’s not easy to win here, especially after the Champions League. I am very happy for Javi Martínez following his return from injury. I really missed him this year.”
Darmstadt coach Dirk Schuster felt did well for most of the game, but the result was a fair one.
“Until the 60th minute, we defended very well. We wanted to annoy Bayern as long as possible, but the third came immediately after the second one.
“The defeat was deserved.”