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Bayern Munich are on the verge of sealing the title in Germany, which will leave other teams like Borussia Dortmund fighting for the second spot. They’ll take upon one of their main contenders for this position – Borussia Mönchengladbach – at home during the weekend. Ahead of the encounter, there is concern that the home team may not have Robert Lewandowski fit for this encounter.
Manager Jurgen Klopp was speaking ahead of the match and he said that he is hoping to have the Polish international in time for this match. Lewandowski, who will be joining Bayern Munich on a free transfer in the summer, has promised to 100% commitment until he remains with the club. He has been one of the best players this season – despite the collective troubles faced by Dortmund. The 25-year-old is only pipped by Bayern Munich striker Mandžukić to the top of the goalscoring charts. Lewandowski has 15 goals compared to the 16 scored by Mandžukić.
Dortmund have struggled with consistency throughout this season and it has been largely because of injury problems to key players. Marco Reus has also been on the sidelines for much of the season. It is looking unlikely that he will take part in this match according to the manager.
“He trained on his own today (Thursday) but the idea is that he will join group training on Friday. He’s run a bit but, barring a miracle, he won’t be with us on Saturday,” said Klopp. Dortmund were expected to concede the title to Bayern Munich this season after the arrival of Guardiola to the Allianz arena. The former Barcelona man is regarded as one of the best managers in the world. However, none would have expected Dortmund to fall 20 points behind Bayern Munich even before the season has entered into April.03.19.14
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Despite the disappointment of Bayern Leverkusen being on the brink of exit from the Champions league at the last 16 stage, German soccer has reasons to smile about after Borussia Dortmund managed a very impressive 4-2 win over Zenit St Petersburg in their match. This away win has given Borussia Dortmund a huge advantage and has almost put to them into the quarter-finals. Despite this, manager Jurgen Klopp refuses to entertain any complacency as a result of this scoreline.
He says that the tie still remains on balance and his team will be fully focused on getting the job done in the return leg at home. German teams have been extremely strong in the Champions league over the last few years. Despite their struggles in the domestic competition, Dortmund are looking to go one step further this campaign. Klopp’s men reached the final last season when they were defeated by rivals Bayern Munich.
Dortmund are not considered as one of the favourites for this year’s title, but the absence of having to fight against Bayern Munich in the league might actually help them in this regard. Dortmund are third in the table, but just one point behind second placed Leverkusen. They will be hoping that this impressive win acts as a springboard for the rest of the season.
“It was clear to me that my team would produce a reaction. My team can never be accused of going about their business without showing some character, but we still have work to do in the second leg. We were close to optimal this evening – it was a great game, no question. I don’t have the feeling that it was easy, I think we had to work very hard,” said Klopp.
After going through a difficult period in January, Dortmund have lost just once in the last five matches.02.19.14
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Robert Lewandowski recently announced that he will be making the switch from Borussia Dortmund to archrivals Bayern Munich, thus becoming the second player in successive summers to do so. This follows Mario Gotze’s decision to leave the German club for Bayern Munich last season. Lewandowski has been linked heavily with a move to Bayern Munich amongst other top clubs across Europe. He will be out of contract at the end of the season, thus making him a very attractive proposition. He has been a key figure in Borussia Dortmund becoming the second best club in Germany over the last few years.
He was signed on a cheap from a Polish club several years ago and the 25-year-old has become one of the best in the world in recent times. He may not have the scoring record of Radamel Falcao or Wayne Rooney, but he is extremely hard-working and important to Borussia Dortmund’s style of football. The decision taken by Lewandowski to sign for Bayern Munich comes as a major blow to Dortmund, but its manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that no player is more important than the club.
He is confident that Dortmund can find a good replacement for Lewandowski, who has promised full commitment to his current club, in the summer.
“Players can always be bought by other teams, but the club Borussia Dortmund are bigger than any player. It’s all about having a good plan for the future. Things will go on, I have no doubt about that. Robert’s decision is perfectly fine with us. We knew about his decision to leave for quite some time. Robert has never looked as if he wasn’t focused on Dortmund. That his next club is official now is perfect timing,” said Klopp, whose team have struggled in the Bundesliga this campaign.12.24.13
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