Dortmund unlikely to loosen Bundesliga lead

Dortmund, as opposed to Hoffenheim two years ago or Bayer Leverkusen last season, who both saw their winter break advantages evaporate, have several things working in their favour.

With experienced captain Sebastian Kehl, Patrick Owomoyela, Mohamed Zidan and Dede set to return for the new year, Jurgen Klopp's young team, whose outfield players regularly have an average age of under 24, will benefit from the injection of experience at just the right time.

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