Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has insisted that everyone at the club is fully focussed on turning their horrific start to the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign on its head.
The eight times Bundesliga champions are currently being put through their paces at a winter training camp in La Manga, in southern Spain as they prepare to seek amends for five months of below-par performances.
Despite starting the season on a high by defending their German Super Cup title with a 2-0 win over fierce rivals, Bayern Munich, Jurgen Klopp’s side have since slumped to their worst start to a season by going on to secure a mere 15 points out of a possible 51.
Such a mediocre haul of points is the direct result of a club who despite having the second most expensive squad in the league have only managed to secure four wins, whilst also going on to lose ten games, coincidently two more than bottom place SC Freiburg.
Indeed, the Black and Yellows have only been able to win one of their last six league fixtures, meaning that the 2013 Champions League finalists entered the winter break second from bottom and firmly rooted to the relegation zone.
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Dortmund’s last defeat in the league came to the hands of fellow strugglers, Werder Bremen, with the clubs woeful performance resulting in Hummels stating that he was embarrassed of the way his team-mates played, whilst also suggesting that the club needed a miracle to survive the drop.
Yellow surge of optimism
However, following a month of strenuous training and extensive team-bonding, the 2014 World Cup winner was in an optimistic mood regarding both the mental and physical state of his team, whilst also confirming that everyone is united in turning their dismal season around.
The 26 year old told German newspaper, Sϋddeutsche: “We are all united in ensuring that we achieve results through determination and playing the football we are used to playing.
It is easy to see that everyone here is keen on improving themselves. I personally believe that we are on the right path.”
Due to Dortmund’s fall from grace this season, and with his public outburst placing him in a precarious situation both with the clubs hierarchy and with the fans, the iconic defender has attracted significant interest from the Premier League.
Although it is reported that both Arsenal and Manchester United are weighing up a potential move for the centre-back, Hummels was tight-lipped over his future at the Westfalensatdion but was quick to play-down the club’s ever growing injury list.
Growing sick list
This comes after fellow countryman, Erik Durm was ruled out for at least six weeks with a groin strain, whilst Sven Bender and Marco Reus are still both nursing respective knee and ankle injuries.
Despite condemning such news as being unwanted, Hummels stated that Dortmund are not the only ones to be unlucky in this regarded by suggesting that the other 17 Bundesliga teams are in a similar predicament.
Speaking about the clubs growing injury list the former Bayern Munich defender went on to say: “It is not great. However life goes on. Football is always becoming quicker these days and every other team is suffering from more and more injuries.”
Indeed such words of optimism will be firmly put to the test when Dortmund kick start the second half of the Bundesliga campaign when they travel to Bayer Leverkusen on January 31st. But will Hummels be among those arriving on the BVB Coach?