Is this the furthest Borussia Dortmund have fallen?

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Jurgen Klopp said he can 'rule out resigning' from his managerial post at Borussia Dortmund despite growing pressure on him and his team who are currently languishing near the bottom of the Bundesliga table.

If you go back to 2008 when Klopp first took over the side, and you review their progress, which has included winning the Bundesliga title in both 2011 and 2012, alongside a Champions League final place the following year, their demise is unprecedented.

One can't help but see the links to Leeds United at the turn of the Millennium, and their status as a top European side is one that they have never managed to retain, can we expect the same to happen to the German giants?

Dismal Time

Dortmund's 11th defeat of the season and their fourth at home came last weekend, in a game whereby they failed to capitalise on a man advantage, as Augsburg - who lost defender Cristoph Janker - still managed to win 1-0 and add to Dortmund's woes. 

They had 16 points from their opening 19 games this season, but despite this, Sky Sports have reported that Klopp has been given a job guarantee by Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, but only due to his success over the last few years.

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Despite this being the case, if they did manage to get relegated this season, I feel Watzke could have a rethink.

How has it happened?

Over the past few years Dortmund's crop of players have been nothing short of spectacular, with players such as Robert Lewandowski, Mario Goetze and Marco Reus all making stars of themselves.

The issue however, is keeping them. There appears to be an ongoing battle with Bayern Munich, as they poached both Lewandowski and Goetze and are linked with Reus.

To further the misery, Manchester United are linked with centre back Mats Hummels, and Ilkay Gundagon has also been linked with a move to the Premier League. Normally speculation wouldn't unsettle a club, but with them in the turmoil they are, a move away may be exactly what some of these players are looking for.

This is confounded by a lack of clever thinking in the transfer market, they have bought from oversees with players such as Immobile and Mkhitaryan coming into the side. They are good players, but too many transfers mixed with an unusual style of play is quite often a recipe for mediocrity, just ask Manchester United.

Not only this, but as is often the case when a team loses it's driving force, a suitable replacement isn't brought in. Polish striker Robert Lewandowski scored 74 goals in 131 games for BVB and that impact has been sorely missed.

They have been inundated with injuries this year which can have a detrimental effect on any side, but that still can't be solely to blame for their poor showing this campaign, they need to step it up or they, like Leeds may fall and never rise again

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