Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund are the only club who can prevent Pep Guardiola and Bayern Munich from easily claiming the Bundlesiga title, according to Germany boss Joachim Low.
Former Barcelona favourite Pep Guardiola is embarking upon his first campaign in charge at the Allianz Arena and certainly has a tough act to follow after the club romped to a memorable treble last season under the tutelage of Jupp Heynckes.
That aforementioned treble featured a glorious Champions League triumph over domestic rivals Dortmund at Wembley, and despite them having lost midfield starlet Mario Gotze to Bayern this summer, Low believes Die Schwarzgelben still possess the necessary quality to mount a serious title challenge.
He told German newspaper Bild am Sonntag: "BVB (Dortmund) are the only club strong enough to deny Bayern."
53-year-old Low, who has been in charge of the German national team since replacing Jurgen Klinsmann in July 2006, also spoke of his fondness for Guardiola and is seemingly certain that the Spaniard will be more than a match for the considerable challenges that the thriving Bundesliga will bring.
"He (Guardiola) has clear ideas, a clear playing philosophy and he will bring that to Bayern," Low said.
"Guardiola will cope with the pressure. He was the coach of Barcelona and expectations do not get any higher than at that club."
Despite Bayern's formidable attacking lineup, Dortmund will have cause for optimism for the campaign ahead after an impressive brace from Marco Reus saw Klopp's men secure the German Super Cup trophy at the expense of Guardiola's Bayern.
Bayern begin their Bundesliga title defence with a home clash against Borussia Mönchengladbach on August 9, while Dortmund start the 2013/14 season with a trip to FC Augsburg a day later.
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