DORTMUND, GERMANY - DECEMBER 15: CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke and Sportsdirector Michael Zorc of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and SV Werder Bremen at the Signal Iduna Park on December 15, 2018 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke won’t allow himself to get carried away with their excellent start in the Bundesliga and insisted Bayern Munich remain the favourites

Under new coach Lucien Favre, Dortmund have opened up an unexpected six-point lead over defending champions Bayern at the top of the standings.

It marks a remarkable turn around in form for BVB, who had finished last season a staggering 29 points behind winners Bayern in fourth-place.

However, Watzke downplayed their title hopes by insisting Bayern will always be favourites due to their financial strength.

“Bayern are always the favourite,” Watze told DPA.

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“I won’t allow myself to be told anything else. Anyone in such an economic sphere must live with being the perennial favourite.

“For us, it is more important that we have shown the German football community that we are a factor to be reckoned with again, that we have brought excitement back to the league.

“In the past years, it was effectively clear at Christmas who would be the champions.”

Dortmund, who are chasing a first Bundesliga title since 2012, will return to action from the winter break on January 19 away to RB Leipzig.