Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang does not believe that four-time reigning Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will win the league this season.
The Gabon international, who joined BVB from French Ligue 1 side AS Saint-Étienne in the summer of 2013, believes Dortmund–under new manager Thomas Tuchel–can put an end to Bayern’s period of dominance in Germany’s top-flight.
“We have started the season well,” Aubameyang said. “Although everybody knows that Bayern are favorites, as I said, and I am probably the only one thinking this and others don’t, I don’t think that Bayern will win the league this season. At least, this is what I think.
“But we have to keep up for the whole season and then we’ll see how the season will shape up at the end. I think that we have started very well. It’s good that we have managed to achieve this winning streak. We’ll have to continue playing as we know and try to win.”
Having already netted five goals in four league matches for Dortmund in 2015/16, Aubameyang is hoping to score 20 league goals this season.
“I want to score 20 goals in the Bundesliga this season,” added Aubameyang. “That’s a target I want to achieve. I have a bet with the coach so I will give it my all in order to achieve this goal because I want to improve. It’s not really a bet but at the end of the season I will show you something. I will have something to show but only at the end of the season.
“(Tuchel) has managed to make me feel at ease from day one. He gives me the confidence I need. He talks to me a lot. We speak in English but it’s good for me to talk with him. We have many exchanges and we work a lot on this, on the videos and we do all this kind of things.”
As the season progresses, the size of Bayern’s squad will likely play a significant part in whether the Bavarian giants can hold off Dortmund to win the league title yet again.
Other factors include whether BVB can maintain their current squad after the open and close of the winter transfer window. That is, namely, whether Dortmund can keep the likes of Mats Hummels and Marco Reus at Signal Iduna Park despite continuing interest from abroad.