Philipp Lahm believes the fans must blame Dortmund and not Bayern Munich for how uncompetitive the title race is this season .
Bayern are 13 points ahead of second placed RB Leipzig, with Dortmund a further two points back with nine games left.
Lahm will be retiring at the end of the season and is set to win his fifth straight Bundesliga title.
He told Stern: “Borussia Dortmund are an unbelievably talented team who could have made the Bundesliga title race a lot closer. Although you have to say the rest of the Bundesliga lacks quality.
“I don’t think Bayern Munich alone is responsible for how good we are doing. If we are 13 points clear after 25 games, it means that other well-positioned clubs like Schalke or Wolfsburg have not been set up to win consistently.
“The financial situation in the league wasn’t that different in the years we finished second and fourth.”