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Lahm: My deep yearning for more trophies

Bayern and Germany captain Philipp Lahm has already lifted the Bundesliga and DFB Cup trophies three times, in 2006, 2008 and 2010, but the biannual rhythm of success was interrupted in 2012, as FCB have now gone two seasons without silverware. “And that basically can't be," Lahm told In the second part of our exclusive interview.

In addition to reviewing last season, the 28-year-old spoke about the arrival of board member for sport Matthias Sammer, the club's summer signings, and his expectations for the new season, where Philipp believes favourites Bayern and Dortmund to be pushed all the way by a third title contender.

Interview with Philipp Lahm, part two: Matthias Sammer joined the club as board member for sport on 1 July. What do you think of the appointment?
Philipp Lahm: I know him from my time in Stuttgart, where I spent a season playing for him when he was head coach. I've also come across him from time to time when playing for Germany, and it's always been very, very positive. It was the same when we met up again for last Sunday's lactate tests.

Were you surprised by the appointment?
Like almost everyone else at the club, I only learned about it on the day Christian Nerlinger left. I'm looking forward to working together with Matthias Sammer.

Were you surprised by the enormous public and media interest in the appointment?
Not in the slightest. It's always been like this at Bayern in the past. Whenever a player comes in or there are changes at board level, it's massively hyped up, but in fact it's absolutely positive, because it proves Bayern continue to set the standards in Germany.

A crop of new players have also come to the club this summer. What do you think of the transfer activity so far?
I've not trained with them yet, but it's clear we're in an even better position than we were last season, because the squad has more depth. Our transfers so far have been excellent.