Dortmund hit rock bottom

Karthik Raman / 01 February 2015

Borussia Dortmund hit rock bottom of the Bundesliga table after starting the new year in similar way they finished 2014. They could manage only a nil-nil draw at Bayer Leverkusen in their first fixture of 2015 as they drop to the bottom of the table.

Dortmund had a miserable first half of 2014-15 campaign as they finished 2014 in the relegation zone. Things neither improved in 2105 as they are sitting last in the Bundesliga after their goalless draw against Leverkusen.

It’s hard to imagine that Dortmund, who was less than two years from reaching the Champions League final and less than three years from winning the Bundesliga, are currently undergoing this unbelievable crisis in Germany.

So far in the league, the yellow and black outfit managed to get fewer points than the games they have played. Dortmund have 16 points from 18 league games. Of which, they have won just the four games and lost an alarming 10 matches.

Goal scoring is another problem for the German outfit as they managed the same amount of goals they have played so far this season with 18. However, they have conceded 26 goals in that period.

After SC Freiburg beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1, only a win would have gotten BVB back from last place, but Dortmund could only manage a draw. Despite the setback, their boss Jurgen Klopp is upbeat as he feels the point at Leverkusen is never a bad one.

“I’m happy. We’ve played a good game against the side who have the most uncomfortable style to play against in the Bundesliga. What we did today was perfectly fine. A point is always a good result in Leverkusen and this one today will do us particularly good ” said Klopp.

“This was a good first step in the second half of the season. I’m not at all disturbed [about being bottom]. We’ve gained a point. We’re in a relegation battle and we’re within touching distance [of safety] and that is all that interests me” he added.

Dortmund had a terrible pass-completion rate on the night as they recorded just 46 percent. But, getting the third clean sheet of the season and allowing not more than two good scoring opportunities for Leverkusen would have pleased Klopp atleast from the defensive front.

However, if Dortmund are to avoid a shock relegation, they have to build on this point and should start to chip in with more goals in the other end. Moreover, the hard fought point in Leverkusen will only be satisfactory if a win against FC Augsburg follows on Wednesday night.

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