Klopp hopes for a “miracle” as Dortmund fall out in title race
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp understands that his club is in dire need of a “miracle” to save the season. The German football powerhouse lost two players to injury in a 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.
Dortmund’s defeat leaves Bayer Leverkusen along with Bayern Munich as the top challengers for the Bundesliga title. Dortmund are now a total of 10 points behind the league leaders, Bayern Munich.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Heung-Min Son scored the winner at the Signal-Iduna Park, home of Dortmund, only 18 minutes into the game. Leverkusen managed to keep all big attacks at bay to record a clean sheet and a well-round overall performance.
Bad luck followed Dortmund around the pitch. Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos picked up two yellow cards to get his marching orders from the match referee. The resulting red card will keep Papastathopoulos out of action for the next three games.
However, the more worrying fact for Klopp are injuries to Sven Bender and Nuri Sahin. Both players limped off the pitch because of injury and by the looks of it they would miss the next couple of games.
The midfield duo will now be absent from the Champions League clash with Marseille on Wednesday. Klopp was hoping to make an impact in the Champions League after Dortmund’s miserable run in the domestic league, but it appears as if the German football powerhouse will be unable to make acquire any silverware or success this season.
“Today is Saturday and while miracles do happen, they just haven't happened for us recently,” Klopp told reporters after the game. “We are now waiting for the diagnosis before next Wednesday's game.
“This is not an easy phase for us. The injuries do not look good. Given that two of our players are injured, possibly gravely so, it will make our next few games tricky.”
Klopp accepted defeat from Leverkusen whilst admitting that his side was to “passive” against their adversaries. The 46-year-old manager also confessed that his side didn’t deserve the three points from the game.
“If you want to beat Leverkusen, you have to be really good - and we were not,” Klopp said. “Although we started well, they defended well and forced us to play long balls. We were too passive and lacked the final ball. We raised our game in the second half, but were not as good as we can be.”