New Bayer Leverkusen manager Robin Dutt has declared his intent to win the title ahead of the new Bundesliga season.Dutt, who lead Freiburg to a ninth-placed finish last season, has replaced former boss Jupp Heynckes who has headed to Bayern Munich.
And despite Leverkusen automatically entering the group stages of the Champions League after last season’s second-place finish, Dutt will not be happy unless his side improve again this season.
“I didn’t come to Leverkusen to turn a second-placed team into a fourth or fifth-placed team,” Dutt said.
“We must aspire to improve even further. If we don’t get into Europe, we’ll have had a bad season. If we get into the Europa League, it’ll be average. If we make it into the Champions League, it’ll have been a good season.”
“If we can win a title, it’d be fantastic.”
Leverkusen have returned to training more than six weeks out from the start of the new season, but Dutt is keen to have plenty of time with his players as he looks to implement a new game style.
“I decided long ago that I wanted to integrate the existing concept into a system which will allow us to be more flexible. It’ll make us less predictable,” he said.
“Six weeks is absolutely normal for me. It’s actually not that long for a coach considering not all the players are there to begin with.”
Leverkusen joined newly promoted Augsburg as the earliest sides to start their pre-season in Germany.