Five things Dortmund must do (or not) in the winter break

Figuring out what's at the root of Borussia Dortmund's deplorable first half of the season is like trying to diagnose a mystery illness. Die Schwarzgelben have lost 10 of their 17 games so far, more than any other team in the league and already more than all of last season. Now they risk losing out on more than just Champions League football. The repercussions are high, and could mean the exit of Marco Reus and others.

But Jurgen Klopp still has the support of his club, and top management have decided to continue with the 47-year-old in the Ruckrunde (second half). While 12 points separate BVB from a Champions League spot, in previous years the teams that landed those positions hadn’t lost more than 11 games.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1