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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Klopp feeling the heat

The shortlist for FIFA world coach of the year was announced yesterday, Jürgen Klopp who came in second place in 2013 did not make the shortlist and is currently facing his biggest ever challenge as a manger with Borussia Dortmund sitting rock bottom in the Bundesliga.

A 2-0 defeat to Frankfurt yesterday was their eight loss of the season and saw them fall back into the relegation zone with only 11 points. Having won back to back Bundesliga titles in 10/11 and 11/12 and bringing them to the Champions League final in 12/13 only to lose out to main rivals Bayern Munich, Dortmund will be hesitant to sack Klopp but may be left with no option should this retched form continue.

The reason for the Dortmund demise is relatively unknown, sure they’ve lost Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski in the past two years but they have spent well in the transfer market with acquisitions such as once Liverpool target Henrik Mkhitaryan, Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa who had been so effective at Dortmund before moving to United and Ciro Immobile who was a goal scoring machine last season in Serie A for Torino.

The fact they have gone from Champions League runners-up to relegation battlers in the space of two years is baffling, injuries have not helped Klopp this season with star man Marco Reus ruled out with an ankle injury until the new year and key players Mats Hummels, Sokratis and Blaszczykowski all experiencing injuries.

Even with these injuries you would expect they still have the quality to be a lot higher up the table than the 18th place they currently find themselves in, despite the capture of clinical Italian striker Ciro Immobile during the summer he has been unable to fill the void left by Robert Lewandowski scoring only 2 league goals.

In total Dortmund have scored only 14 league goals this season, a very unimpressive stat for such an attacking side, they have also conceded a total of 21 goals, up their with the worst defences in the Bundesliga.

With 13 league games gone one would think this is the first ever time that a team in last place at this stage of the season will still have ambitions of getting into Europe and they will be hoping into the Champions League. They lie only 10 points behind FC Augsburg in 4th place, not a whole lot if things begin to click for Klopp and his side.

The Bundesliga title which they aim to compete for every season is almost certainly out of their grasp, Dortmund are 22 points behind league leaders Bayern Munich and you cannot see any chance of Pep Guardiola’s side leaving that gap be bridged.

Its not all bad news for the Black and Yellows who have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are in pole position to win Group D ahead of Arsenal, this is sure to bring some respite to manager Jürgen Klopp but should the league form not improve the highly rated manager could find himself without a job.

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