Borussia Dortmund sports manager Michael Zorc has stated that the Black and Yellows can already kiss their chances of winning the Bundesliga this season goodbye, by condemning the clubs defensive fragilities.
The 2013 Champions League finalists have enjoyed a less than successful start to the new Bundesliga campaign, having only picked up a thoroughly disappointing seven points from a potential 18 available.
In what was meant to be season heralded with Black and Yellow dominance, Jϋrgen Klopp’s side look like they have already fallen at the first hurdle by losing three of their opening six Bundesliga games.
Indeed, the eight time league winners have only mustered a single point in their last three fixtures, with Saturday’s 2-1 defeat away to bitter rivals, Schalke 04 in the Ruhr derby condemning BVB to a disappointing 12th place position in the league.
The defeat has not only stranded Borussia Dortmund in the lower reaches of the Bundesliga table, but has also heaped an unprecedented amount of pressure and unwanted criticism onto Klopp.
This pressure has come in the form of fierce criticism from not only the German media but indeed the Borussia Dortmund hierarchy including Zorc who has attacked the clubs flimsy defence.
BVB’s porous defence have already conceded 11 goals in their opening six Bundesliga games, six more than Klopp’s side shipped at this stage last season.
However, Zorc, who has been a prominent figure in the club’s recent development from zeroes to heroes, believes that the amount of goals conceded by BVB so far this season is a cause for alarm, whilst also bemoaning the style in which Dortmund have achieved this unwanted stat.
The 52-year-old told German newspaper Bild: “There is certainly not just one reason why our start in the league has been far from satisfactory. But a simple truth, the number of goals that we have conceded is too high. And the way we concede them in is unusual and striking.
“Everytime that you concede two unnecessary goals it is normally impossible to turn the game around.”
For a fourth time this season, Borussia Dortmund’s defence looked largely non-existent and even with the return of star centre-back Mats Hummels were unable to prevent an average looking Schalke side from swarming around them.
Saturday’s embarrassing defeat which saw Borussia Dortmund concede two goals from defensive mistakes has left the 2012 Bundesliga champions seven points adrift of first place Bayern Munich, who are eager to win a back to back hat-trick of league titles.
Although Zorc has stated that the club’s immediate concern is to secure two wins, first against Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday evening, followed by Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, the 52 year old has hinted that winning the league could be a step too far.
The Dortmund born manager went on to say: “Currently we have other problems to talk about other than the title. Our aim now is to beat both RSC Anderlecht (in the Champions League) and Hamburg in the Bundesliga to gain some authority."