Borussia Dortmund manager Jϋrgen Klopp insists that his team will give everything in order to end their trophy drought.
The 2013 Champions League finalists have not won a major title since 2012, with a solitary DFL Supercup being their only highpoint of the previous season when they beat Bayern Munich last August.
Despite strengthening their squad over the summer of 2013 in an attempt to regain both their Bundesliga and DFB Pokal crowns from the hands of their fierce rivals, Bayern Munich they inevitably struggled to cause an impact.
They finished the 2013/14 Bundesliga campaign for a second time in a row as runners up, whilst also coincidently losing the DFB Pokal final to the Allianz Arena outfit.
With Borussia Dortmund also reluctantly selling striker Robert Lewandowski, who scored 28 goals in just 48 appearances for the Westfalenstadion outfit last season to Bayern, it would seem that the distance in terms of success is growing larger.
However, Klopp, is desperate to change the existing anomaly shared between the two clubs in the last two years with the 47-year-old having signed three strikers in the space of a month.
Italian forward Ciro Immobile has signed from Torino on a five year deal for an undisclosed fee, whilst Dong-Won Ji and Adrian Ramos have signed contracts at BVB until 2018 after arriving from fellow Bundesliga rivals FC Augsburg and Hertha Berlin respectively.
Although Bayern Munich are looking to add another Bundesliga title to their already existing collection of 24, Klopp believes that his team are going to go out all guns blazing, with one title being the absolute minimum requirement.
He said: “We start with maximum ambitions. If it turns out that a title is possible then we will seize it. The DFB Pokal is definitely the goal; it is the most possible title. But we want to let our presence known in every tournament.”
Although Klopp has until recently been largely successful in the summer transfer window, a number of other Bundesliga rivals who themselves are looking to close the gap on Bayern Munich have also been able to strengthen their side.
Bayer Leverkusen have recently added midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu alongside Swiss striker Josip Drmic to their ranks, whilst Schalke have acquired the services of attacking duo Sidney Sam and Maxim Choupo-Moting from both Mainz and the former respectively.
This combined with only 11 players returning to pre-season training due to the majority of his squad still being involved in World Cup duty with Germany, has left Klopp admitting that the off-period has become a nervous time.
“Anyone who has followed what the other clubs have done in the transfer market would know that it is difficult for various reasons," he explained. "This is also the same for our preparations, because our men are only starting to come back.”
Klopp will also be without four of his star players, including defenders Mats Hummels, Kevin Grosskreutz and Erik Durm for the start of the season after they have been promised four weeks of holiday following the conclusion of the World Cup.
This means that the former Mainz manager will be without the defensive core of his team for the German Supercup against Bayern Munich and the first round of the DFB Pokal.
However, he believes that a month of holiday is crucial in allowing his players the perfect opportunity to recharge their batteries after 11 months of non-stop football.
He said: “After the Euros, we gave them two weeks, although we realised the time was too short in our preparations.”
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