Watzke confident of title challenge

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke is confident the club can once again challenge for the Bundesliga title this season.

After an initial struggle at the beginning of last season, lumbering in the bottom half of the table, Dortmund finished strongly and secured Europa league qualification with a seventh-place finish.

And Watzke is upbeat over the future of Die Borussen as new manager Thomas Tuchel starts his first season as Jurgen Klopp's successor.

"Borussia Dortmund have the 'title gene' — we have won titles in nearly every decade," he said 

"We always have people in the squad and the club who can remember the last title well. That gives you confidence to be there when it matters. Others don't have it."

Dortmund have enjoyed a successful off-season in the transfer market after convincing key stars – Mats Hummels, Marco Reus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ilkay Gundogan and Neven Subotic – to stay.

"It's very important that you have faces," Watzke added. "That's why Hummels, Reus, and Aubameyang are so important for us, especially in the international marketing. 

"You should have seen the hype surrounding Marco Reus during our tour of Asia. It was incredible."