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Lahm: I have nothing against a tight title race

In the past, Philipp Lahm was a frequent traveller, both with FC Bayern and Germany. Nowadays, international breaks mean plenty of peace and quiet for the Bayern skipper. The club’s current internationals are away from Munich at the moment but Lahm, who retired from the national team after hoisting the World Cup in 2014, completed four training sessions at the Säbener Strasse facility this week. “The important things for me are to maintain my form and stay fit,” the 32-year-old exclusively told FCB.tv prior to the Easter holiday weekend, which he will spend on some valuable leisure time with his family.

“We’re going away to enjoy the Easter break in neighbouring Austria for a couple of days. It’ll be very peaceful,” Lahm announced. The defender will probably miss Germany’s meeting with England in Berlin on Saturday, but he intends to support his country when they take on Italy in Munich next Tuesday. “But in front of the TV at home and not at the Allianz Arena,” insisted Lahm, who once again categorically ruled out resuming his international career at Euro 2016 in France this summer.

In his chat with FCB.tv, Lahm also discussed the situation in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. The club captain believes the domestic title race will remain close right to the end, “because Dortmund are playing consistently good football and give off a very solid impression. We have rivals who are collecting points exactly the same way we do.” The 32-year-old thinks that is a positive factor. “I have nothing against it, provided it all ends well for us,” said Lahm, “we have to remain focused and can’t ease back at any point.”

The Bayern skipper expressed special praise for his friend and team-mate Thomas Müller, who has already set new personal goalscoring bests in every area this season. Müller is irreplaceable, Lahm thinks, both on the field and off it. “It’s important we have players who identify with the club and who recognise the whole thing is much bigger than any individual. Thomas is exactly that person. He’s taken on more and more responsibility in recent years. That’s something the team wants and he’s accepted it very, very well.”

Watch excerpts from the interview with Philipp Lahm on FCB.tv News.

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