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Former Arsenal keeper says Bundesliga lacks depth despite all-German Champions League final

Updated: Sunday, 26 May 2013 12:07 | Comments

Jens Lehmann: "The gap between the top two teams and the other teams in terms of points is huge."
Jens Lehmann: "The gap between the top two teams and the other teams in terms of points is huge."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann does not believe German football is the dominant force in the game despite Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund playing in last night's Champions League final at Wembley.

Lehmann thinks the depth of other leagues, such as the Barclays Premier League, is stronger than the Bundesliga where Bayern have been the dominant force this season.

After beating Dortmund by 25 points to the title they also defeated their rivals 2-1 last night.

"It's comparable to the final three years ago between Manchester United and Chelsea where everybody thought 'oh the English are so strong now they will dominate the Champions league for years to come' and it didn't happen," Lehmann told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek programme.

"I think these two teams who we have seen yesterday are the cream of German football. Then you look at the last table, the German Bundesliga, you see the gap between the top two teams and the other teams in terms of points is huge.

"You can't put this quality on to the whole league in Germany.

"Yesterday we saw the difference in quality. Particularly at the end of the game Dortmund weren't organised any more and Bayern Munich just took their chances."

Lehmann also believes that playing teams at the bottom of the Premier League - citing the example of FA Cup winners Wigan - is more difficult in England.

He said: "It's very hard to play Wigan away for a team like Manchester (United) - it's not given that you will win that game whereas in Germany when Bayern Munich play teams from the bottom of the league you know that they're going to win."

Lehmann, meanwhile, has predicted a difficult start to life at Bayern for former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola who takes over from Jupp Heynckes next season.

Bayern can complete the treble next weekend if they add the German Cup to the Bundesliga and Champions League.

"He will be asking himself 'what am I doing here? How can I improve?'

"It's going to be a very exciting and difficult year for him."

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