Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he won’t quit Borussia Dortmund despite the fact that they lost again on Sunday.
Klopp’s side are now at the bottom of the Bundesliga following their defeat to Eintract Frankfurt, but the German coach insists that he will not leave the club.
He does, however, take full responsibility for Borussia Dortmund’s quite remarkable fall from grace this season. Dortmund finished second in the Bundesliga to Bayern Munich last season, but after 13 games they are already 22 points behind Pep Guardiola’s team.
More alarming than that though is that they are firmly rooted to the foot of the table after 13 games. A fifth minute goal from Alexander Meier, Frankfurt’s captain and the leading goalscorer in the Bundesliga, set them on their way to victory. Frankfurt’s victory was sealed with 12 minutes to go when a defensive mix-up allowed Haris Seferovic to score, after the Swiss striker had beaten Roman Weidenfeller to the ball.
After the match, which left Dortmund bottom after Werder Bremen and Stuttgart’s wins on Saturday, Klopp insisted, via BBC, that he wasn’t going anywhere.
“There’s no tendency for a coaching change. Until someone comes along and tells me otherwise, I can’t go away. I can’t go until there’s a better solution.”
In contrast to their dire domestic form, Borussia Dortmund have actually been superb in the Champions League. They have so far won four out of their five matches in Group D. However in the Bundesliga they have already lost eight of their opening 13 matches to record the worst start to a German league season in their history.
Klopp believes that a coaching change wouldn’t help to improve the matter though.
“If it was based on luck, and if a coaching change was guaranteed to bring the luck back, then I wouldn’t stand in the way.”
Despite the abundance of talent on their roster, Sky Sports has reported that Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, has admitted that they are now in a relegation fight.
“We are in the middle of a relegation battle, everyone has to be clear about that.”
Meanwhile, despite their fall from grace, Dortmund are only a point off fourth-bottom, which means that they would be out of the relegation places, plus they are only ten points away from fourth too, which would get them into next season’s Champions League.
Having won two Bundesliga titles and taken them to the 2013 European Cup final, Jurgen Klopp still has plenty of fans at Borussia Dortmund who will give him the time to get them out of this calamitous situation.
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