After finishing second in the Bundesliga last season, Borussia Dortmund is off to a very poor start this year.
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Currently sitting in the bottom half of the table, Dortmund has lost three of their last four Bundesliga matches, earning only one point. Their most recent defeat was a home loss to a previously winless Hamburger side, which manager Jurgen Klopp described as “rock bottom.”
Say and write what you want and ideally we will gain something from this situation to make sure things are different in future.
We’ve now got to accept all the criticism that comes our way, even the unjustified stuff. Criticism should be helpful and should not lead to you feeling worse. We think we’ve identified the problem, but resolving it is something else.
Today is October 4 and this is rock bottom, and the starting point for the remainder of the season.”
Adding to Dortmund’s recent woes is news of Marcel Schmelzer’s right hand. The midfielder broke a bone in his hand in the loss to Hamburger SV, and is expected to miss about four weeks time.
That means you can add Schmelzer’s name to the long list of injured Dortmund players, including Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin and Oliver Kirch.
While Dortmund has struggled domestically, they currently sit atop their group in the Champions League. With two wins in two matches, Jurgen Klopp must figure out how to balance Champions League play with the Bundesliga in order to get Dortmund out of this hole.