After finishing second in the Bundesliga the past two seasons, Borussia Dortmund is in a free-fall.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have dropped six of their first nine league matches, and currently sit 15th on the Bundesliga table.
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Despite their dreadful start, Dortmund got some words of encouragement from an unlikely source, Bayern Munich executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Despite being fierce rivals in the Bundesliga, Rummenigge said he has faith Dortmund will turn around their woes, going as far as saying that they would “easily” qualify for the Champions League.
I am certain that Dortmund will easily qualify for the Champions League this season and that is a good thing.
German football needs stable teams and, even though club bosses at both clubs have had better relations in the past, I am saying this with full conviction: I have great respect for Borussia Dortmund.”
The two clubs haven’t enjoyed the greatest relationship, as Bayern has bought two of Dortmund’s best players over the past two years, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze. Dortmund was also angered when Bayern publicly expressed interest in buying more of Dortmund’s players, while also publicly discussing Marco Reus’ buyout clause.
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While Dortmund have struggled domestically, they have been dominant in the Champions League, winning all three of their games without conceding a goal. Their European form makes it even more puzzling as to why Jurgen Klopp can’t seem to get his team to perform in the Bundesliga.
Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund face off this weekend, and a result for Dortmund could be the spark the club needs to turn around their season.