Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says that he is still confident that the club can end the season on a high if they win the next two home matches. A 3-1 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach meant that the team still sit outside the top 10 of the table.
The prospect of finishing in the Europa League spots appears to be disappearing fast, butKlopp says that this season will still be considered as a positive one if they managed to win the next two matches at home. These will be against Frankfurt and Paderborn. Dortmund are six points away from the sixth spot which will be enough to secure European football for next campaign.
Dortmund would have been hoping to compensate for this poor run of form in the league by reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League. However, defeats in both legs against Juventus meant that they were knocked out of the competition following a 5-1 aggregate loss. The focus for the rest of the campaign will be on the league, while there is also the small matter of a DFB Pokal cup match against Bayern Munich. Klopphas admitted that without a win from the next two home matches, the probability of being in Europe next season will be virtually gone.
“The season has been, and remains, difficult.Now there are two enormously important games for us, because we should score points because we are at home.If we do not win, chances of Europe are gone.A mixture of good will and high readiness from Monchengladbach, and lack of consistency from us are to blame. Every goal was so easy, the opposition has made the most of our errors.We get into duels up the pitch and then the opponents win the ball and turn towards goal, it happens time and time again,” said Klopp.