“We are in a relegation battle” – says Dortmund boss

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A brief look at the Bundesliga and nothing seems out of sorts with Bayern Munich at the summit, but a closer look will tell you that Borussia Dortmund are no-where to be seen. Skimming down the league, Jurgen Klopp’s side can be found at the foot of the table.

A side who battled for the title last season, Dortmund just cannot find their form. A 2-0 defeat to Frankfurt on Sunday left Dortmund propping up the Bundesliga, but Klopp refuses to give up. Despite being bottom, Dortmund are still just 10 points off fourth place.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Klopp said, “I understand that journalists have those thoughts, but there is no such trend. I see myself as responsible. If it is only about luck and a change of coach can bring that, you only have to call me up and I will step aside.

“But it is not so simple. As long as nobody comes and says to me, ‘we have someone who does it better’, then I cannot go.

“I won’t stand in the way, but I cannot go before there is a better solution, the responsibility is great and I can accept it.”

Meanwhile, sporting director Michael Zorc says Dortmund are firmly in a relegation fight, “We are in the middle of a relegation battle, everyone has to be clear about that,” he said.

Next up for Dortmund is a home clash with Hoffenheim on Friday, a huge game in which Klopp will hope his side can turn things around.