Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he wants to help Borussia Dortmund “get under Bayern’s skin” ahead of Sunday’s Supercup contest between the two Bundesliga heavyweights.
The pacy forward struck 25 league goals as Dortmund finished second to FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga last season before slipping to defeat to their Bavarian rivals in the DFB Cup final.
However, following a frenetic summer of transfer activity, which has seen BVB draft in exciting talents Emre Mor and Ousmane Dembele as well as UEFA EURO 2016 winner Raphael Guerreiro, Aubameyang has warned Bayern to expect an even stiffer challenge from Thomas Tuchel’s side this term.
"The Bundesliga is a big league with strong teams,” said the Gabon international. “We hope that we can get under Bayern's skin and we want to do as well as possible.”
The former AC Milan prodigy’s displays for Die Schwarzgelben since his summer 2013 move from AS Saint-Etienne have increasingly caught the eye, the interest in him from potential suitors rising in direct relation to his ever-improving goal return.
That some of the biggest clubs in Europe are envious is hardly surprising.
The Gabon international needed an average of only five shots to find the back of the net during the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign, the best of his career so far, even if the man himself is optimistic there is still better to come.
“Even if it may sound a bit arrogant, it is my goal to improve even more on the pitch," said the striker, whose contract at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK runs through to 2020.
"I will definitely stay with BVB and I don't want to answer questions on this topic again. I am part of a great group here and at the age of 27 I am at the best age to take on even more responsibility. This step forward will do me good."