Munich - Philipp Lahm believes a new era is dawning for Bundesliga champions FC Bayern Munich after winning four titles (including the Supercup) during the 2012/13 season.

“For me, the most beautiful thing of all is that I'm convinced that these three titles are not the end, but rather the beginning,” said Bayern’s captain in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

All the right ingredients

“We have an outstanding squad, we have top characters in the team and an exceptional mentality, and almost all of us have long-term contracts. This team is going to stay together as it is and be strengthened further. The club is financially in great shape and now Pep Guardiola is coming, who is another world-class coach.”

This is not in any way taking anything away from the out-going coach Jupp Heynckes, who played a “decisive role” in the club’s success last season and “managed to ensure that every single player felt important.”

Dominant era ahead

Lahm also contradicted the sceptics who, given the outstanding success from last season, are predicting a tough time of it for Guardiola. Being in a position to inherit a team which is working well together, and have been together for a long time, is “perfect for a coach like Guardiola.” With him, there is now the chance “to become the Spain of club football - a team who can collect titles over many years to come.”

The 29-year-old is convinced that the methodical work of the new coach “will take us even further. Now it's all about doing what we all want,” added Lahm. “That is to turn this memorable year into an era. Our best years are yet to come, as strange as that may sound after winning the treble.”