Too early to write off Bayern, warns Dortmund legend Kehl

Sebastian Kehl expects Bayern Munich to "fight back" from its indifferent start and establish themselves as title contenders.

Bayern Munich celebrate victory over Mainz   -  Bongarts

Bayern Munich is still the favourite for the Bundesliga title despite its indifferent start to the 2018-19 season, says Borussia Dortmund legend Sebastian Kehl.

After four successive wins at the start of Niko Kovac's tenure, Bayern failed to win any of its next three to pile pressure on the new head coach.

In that time Dortmund went from strength to strength under Lucien Favre, and league leader Dortmund – which is two points clear of Bayern - remains unbeaten after nine matches.

Bayern arrested its mini-slump with wins over Wolfsburg and Mainz to ease the pressure on Kovac, its Bundesliga successes coming either side of a 2-0 Champions League triumph over AEK Athens.

And Kehl expects it to push on and re-establish itself as title contender in the coming months – even if Dortmund wins its head-to-head meeting on November 10. 

"The problems Bayern have had will not last until the end of the season," Dortmund's head of the licensed player division told Sky. 

"They will fight back and continue to be favourites for the title, nothing has changed.

"[There is] still a long way to go."