Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp claims consistent injuries have made this season the hardest of his coaching career to date.
Dortmund have been below par as the likes of Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic, Lukasz Piszczek, Marcel Schmelzer and Ilkay Gundogan have all missed significant chunks of the campaign, particularly with Subotic sidelined for the rest of the season.
And with such injury crisis last season's Champions League runnesr-up have slumped down the Bunudesliga table, leaving Pep Guardiola's led Bayern Munich team with a fair run at defending their title.
Hence, Klopp has confessed to the difficulty of the task ahead insisted that the series of injuries are not linked with BVB's ferocious style of play.
He told the Rheinische Post: "As far as injuries, it is the hardest (season) of my coaching
"It is farfetched when people say that injuries are to do with our style of play. You only have to look at who is hurt and why, you soon notice that they have nothing to do with each other.
"A complete axle is broken with us; that changes the whole game. Two centre-backs, two full-backs, two defensive midfielders, It changes the whole structure."
Klopp, however, reveals that he enjoys working with his current group of players, particularly with the progress they have made.
"It's a pleasure to work with these guys. You cope with the pressure of having to win. We are recognised as a top team and will be remembered as one."
Reflecting on the past year, indeed, they have made unbelievable team strides with a relatively unheralded group of players, including strike supremo Roberto Lewandowski.
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