Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel admits that closing the gap on FC Bayern will be far from easy in 2016/17. - © © Alexandre Simoes
Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel admits that closing the gap on FC Bayern will be far from easy in 2016/17. - © © Alexandre Simoes

Bundesliga Daily: 28 July

Bundesliga Daily rounds up all you need to know from Germany's 18 top-flight clubs. On 28 July...

Tuchel: 'Bayern one of the best in the world'

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Borussia Dortmund have looked impressive in preseason, but does head coach Thomas Tuchel think his new-look side can pose a serious threat to FC Bayern's München's Bundesliga crown in 2016/17? "We'll try," he told media in Shenzhen. "They're one of the best teams not only in Germany but in the world. It's very hard. You have to be careful not to set the bar too high. A lot of teams will challenge us. We have to focus on ourselves and create a good team spirit. That should bring the best out of us."

Hertha face Brondby

After finishing seventh in the Bundesliga last season, Hertha Berlin get their UEFA Europa League qualifying campaign under way against Danish side IF Brondby on Thursday (kick-off: 21:15CEST/19:15GMT). The first leg takes place on Berlin soil at the Olympiastadion, with the return leg to follow on 4 August.

"[Brondby] are a good side, they're well organised and they're a bit of a name," said Hertha head coach Pal Dardai of the Old Lady's much anticipated third qualifying round tie. "Good opposition helps us develop. We want experience in Europe - that's what we're going to get and that's important."

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Ancelotti upbeat

Despite tasting defeat for the first time as FC Bayern head coach, Carlo Ancelotti could not fault his side's efforts in their 5-3 penalty shootout defeat to AC Milan in Chicago:

Relegation not on the agenda for Bremen's Fritz

SV Werder Bremen needed a final-day win over Eintracht Frankfurt to secure their Bundesliga status last season, but Green-Whites skipper Clemens Fritz does not believe his side's performances over the course of 2015/16 are a fair reflection of where the northern club are at. "I think there are six sides ahead of us," the 35-year-old told Germany's leading sports publication, kicker. "The rest are pretty much on the same level. We're working hard. I don't think we'll be one of those fighting relegation."

Bundesliga App-eal

FC Augsburg's Daniel Baier, VfL Wolfsburg duo Christian Träsch and Marcel Schäfer and VfB Stuttgart's Christian Gentner celebrated the launch of their very own app on Thursday. Dein Team - aimed at catering for all the wants and needs of sports teams from all walks of life - is available to download now.

"The world's becoming increasingly digitalised," Träsch explained. "The app makes everything a lot easier. We had to front up the money for it, but we wanted to give something back - to our roots, our boyhood and youth teams."