Published July 04, 2012
DORTMUND, Germany (AP) – Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says qualification for the Champions League is the club's top priority and that Bayern Munich is favorite to win the Bundesliga.
Despite a second successive league title and a German Cup win last season, Klopp says anything more than Champions League qualification is ''not realistic.''
Klopp says, ''we won't assume that more will come automatically from last season. It starts at zero.''
Klopp deflected expectations onto Bayern, praising the Bavarian club for making the ''biggest additions and the most spectacular sporting director transfer'' in signing former Dortmund player and coach Matthias Sammer.
At Dortmund's first press conference after the summer break, chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed the club sold a record 54,000 season tickets, with 38,000 fans on a waiting list for the remaining 2,000.