Philipp Lahm told frustrated fans to blame Borussia Dortmund, not Bayern Munich, for an uncompetitive Bundesliga title race and feels Germany’s best flight “lacks quality” outdoors the big two.
Bayern are 13 points clear of surprise packages RB Leipzig in the prime in the table with only nine games to go, while third-placed Dortmund are a further two back.
The defending champions are as a result around the brink of sealing a fifth consecutive title, but Lahm, who’s retiring at the end in the season, thinks criticism must be directed away from his side.
He told Stern: “Borussia Dortmund are an unbelievably talented group who could have created the Bundesliga title race lots closer. Though you’ve got to say the rest of your Bundesliga lacks top quality.
“I do not consider Bayern Munich alone is accountable for how fantastic we’re doing. If we’re 13 points clear just after 25 games, it suggests that other well-positioned clubs like Schalke or Wolfsburg haven’t been set up to win consistently.
“The monetary situation inside the league wasn’t that different inside the years we finished second and fourth.”
Lahm also elaborated on why he opted to not take up the position of sporting director at Bayern soon after his retirement, pointing to president Uli Hoeness’ substantial continuing influence.
“Generally, you are able to only influence things in and around the group after you hold that duty,” he said.
“I believe [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness is as well energetic – too young – to let go. He nevertheless wants to influence points himself. And he has every proper to accomplish that, he’s chairman of Bayern’s supervisory board and has accomplished remarkable items for the club.”
Bayern need to have 5 more wins to be particular with the title and are at residence to Augsburg on Saturday.