BVB Dortmund winger Jonas Hofmann does not believe they, or anyone else for that matter, will challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title this season.
Die Borussen had a rough campaign last term, which saw them struggling in the relegation zone as late as February before recovering to finish in a still disappointing seventh place.
Despite the late season resurgence, manager Jurgen Klopp decided to end his successful spell at the club and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel for the current season.
Under Tuchel, Dortmund have shot to the top of the table with three wins from their first three games, scoring 11 goals and conceding just one, but Hofman was quick to temper expectations.
"I think after last year we need to be down to earth," he told Goal. "We must not have too high expectations.
"Of course we want to play a good role in the Bundesliga and we have high expectations for ourselves but we have to keep our perspective.
"We won't compete with Bayern Munich. We know Bayern has such high quality. If everything goes its usual way Bayern will be champions.
"We're happy where we are in the table. If we continue our way with the coach and the whole team then we will challenge until the end of the season."