Klopp had to fend off questions about loss of passion

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has had to fend off questions about losing his passion for getting the club to the top of the table. This is after poor results left the club languishing closer to the relegation zone rather than near the top of the table. It was only a few seasons ago that Dortmund managed to win consecutive Bundesliga titles and also reach in the Champions League final. However, the team has undergone vast changes in the last two seasons with key players like Robert Lewandowski departing.

The club has tried to reinvest in the team by spending more than € 50 million on several players, but the new players are yet to make a huge impact. There has been speculation of Klopp moving on, as some may feel that he has taken the club as far as he could. The 47-year-old is easily the most successful manager in recent history of the club. Apart from winning the Champions League title, he has won every major trophy. He has been at Dortmund since 2008, but speculation consistently linked him with big clubs in the last few years.

Dortmund are already 10 points behind Bayern Munich and they face the prospect of missing out on a Champions League place next season. “If I lost the faith, which I have not, then it would be relatively difficult to deal with this situation. I have lost no fire. This is a phase for a coach, that is it, we have to work hard, it’s as simple as that. We are moving closer together and will get out of this situation, we are all agreed on that. It’s all there to turn now, we can only move forwards. It may indeed end up to be an extremely positive story,” said the Dortmund manager.