Following Saturday’s thoroughly embarrassing 1-0 defeat at home against the Bundesliga whipping boys, Hamburg, it is inconceivable to suggest that Borussia Dortmund have well and truly hit rock bottom.
In what was meant to be a match where Dortmund became the latest team to inflict yet another defeat on helpless Hamburg, Jϋrgen Klopp’s men were taught a valuable lesson in that despite their array on on-field talent, they are a team in real turmoil.
Indeed, it is quite worrying to highlight that Klopp who was boasting a bigger smile than usual in his press-match press conference insisted that his team were in harmony with each other despite conflicting stories, and were focussed on securing the full three points against Hamburg.
Just days before his weekly press conference, there were stories circulating that unrest and hostilities directed towards each other and Klopp were growing following consecutive weeks of shoddy Bundesliga results.
Indeed, going into Saturday’s fixture against a Hamburg side who were also in a meltdown both in terms of domestic ambition and relations, Dortmund had only won one of their last four games in the league.
The Black and Yellows who like their bitter rivals Bayern Munich have been notorious over the past few years for getting off to a formidable start and leaving other Bundesliga teams in their tracks, have this season been the team stuck at a snail’s pace.
Following Saturday’s morale crushing defeat, the Westfalenstadion outfit have been tied to an unwanted 13th position in the league, just three points adrift of equally as hopeless, Werder Bremen who have just four less than Klopp’s side.
Quite ironically the 47 year old manager just weeks ago said that the club’s fortunes in the Bundesliga would change once star defender Mats Hummels returned from a serious leg injury and when new strikers Adrian Ramos and Ciro Immobile clicked.
Indeed, Hummels has returned and both strikers have shown glimpses off their array of talent, but it seems that the main problem addressing Klopp at the moment is that the team are just not as bothered about the league as they are in terms of their Champions League involvement.
If the Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson was alive today he could base the Strange Case of Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde on Borussia Dortmund and their love of European football and their hate of the Bundesliga.
Whilst the Borussians have been nothing short of terrible in their start to the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign, the 2013 Champions League runners up have won their last two European games with flying colours having beaten both Arsenal and Anderlecht.
Indeed, the Black and Yellows have scored nine and conceded a miserable 12 in their last seven Bundesliga games, compared with their flawless start to their European exploits which reads “scored five conceded none.”
The main problem addressing Klopp now as mentioned earlier is that it seems his players are putting all their energy and motivation into their European games, whilst taking their domestic games on the easy.
Indeed, it is rather common for one team to be pretty much the stuff of dreams in one competition, whilst being the complete opposite in another, and for Dortmund’s case they are underachieving in their most important adventure.
However, the important thing to consider is what can Klopp do, not only to revert the course of Dortmund’s season, but indeed to keep his job, his dignity and figurehead as one of the best managers in world football.
For the past six years, the 47 year old has built an empire at Borussia Dortmund based on investing within the youth and underestimated players, whilst also fostering a sense of nationalism and prestige not only in Germany but indeed in Europe.
The club in all honesty need their biggest supporter to round up their disinterested players and to tell them that they are more than capable of turning their season around in order to catch up on the run-away league leaders, Bayern.
Although many can argue that Klopp’s side look a mere smidgen of the team they were a few years ago when both Robert Lewandowski and midfielder, Mario Götze were ruling the roost, nobody can doubt that BVB have enough money and talent on their hands to get out of this sticky wicket.
Borussia Dortmund and more to the point Klopp, need to get their old mojo back, and whilst Saturday’s humbling to Hamburg can serve as a wake-up call, perhaps their European successes can eventually wake them up from their Bundesliga slumber.
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