Summary

  • Lahm discusses his future plans in exclusive interview.
  • "I can’t imagine being a coach."
  • Sees Dortmund as Bayern's main title rivals this term.

One of the Bundesliga's all-time greats, FC Bayern München captain Philipp Lahm is looking to cement his place in history by becoming the first man to lead his side to a fifth consecutive German title this season.

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For Bundesliga Weekly - the Bundesliga's international TV show - bundesliga.com sat down with the 32-year-old to discuss Carlo Ancelotti's first few weeks in charge, Bayern's challengers at the top this season and his own plans for the coming years...

Lahm on his future plans...

"For me, it's been Bayern all the way and I want to bow out here at the peak of my career. I don't fancy finishing up in another league, just a bit short of the top, that's not really my thing. I can’t imagine being a coach, still working to training schedules and fixture lists. I've done that long enough. I just can't see myself rolling up to the training ground every morning. To take a bit of time out, spend it with the family and live to your own schedule: I'm looking forward to all that at some point! At the moment, though, the football is still pushing all the right buttons."

Lahm does not see himself becoming a coach and "rolling up to the training ground every morning" in future.

Lahm on Borussia Dortmund...

"I think they'll be the main competition again. They lost some big players over the summer, but obviously they've also been busy in the transfer market. I think they'll be putting out a very, very good team again. Dortmund have a top coach and a good, stable set-up, so I'd say they'll be our number one rivals."

Lahm believes Borussia Dortmund will have a "very, very good team again".

Lahm on the Bayern youth academy...

"It's always been important: that identification with the club. Coming up through the youth ranks and eventually making the first team: I think it means a lot to the fans and to the club to have young players coming through."

Lahm on Carlo Ancelotti...

"Every coach has his own style. There might be some situations now where we might play a bit more defensively than we have done previously."

Carlo Ancelotti (l.) took charge at Bayern this summer.