‘Responsibility is great and I can accept it’ says Jurgen Klopp after Dortmund’s eight straight league defeat
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed any suggestion of leaving Borussia Dortmund and insisted it was his responsibility to lead the team back up the table.
Klopp’s side prop up the Bundesliga after suffering their eighth league defeat of the season on Sunday, going down 2-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 47-year-old is one of the most highly-rated coaches in European football and would have no shortage of suitors should he leave his position.
Asked if he had any thoughts of quitting, Klopp was quoted by kicker.de as telling Sky Sports: “I understand that journalists have those thoughts, but there is no such trend. I see myself as responsible.
“If it is only about luck and a change of coach can bring that, you only have to call me up and I will step aside.
“But it is not so simple. As long as nobody comes and says to me, ‘we have someone who does it better’, then I cannot go.
“I won’t stand in the way, but I cannot go before there is a better solution, the responsibility is great and I can accept it.”
Dortmund’s defeat was a result of some comically bad defending, particularly for the second goal when a terrible mix-up between defender Matthias Ginter and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller let in Haris Seferovic.
On the second goal, Klopp said on the Dortmund website: “It belongs in our cabinet of curiosities.”
Despite propping up the standings, Dortmund are only a point off fourth-bottom Freiburg and only 10 away from the top four.
But sporting director Michael Zorc said they were firmly in a relegation fight.
“We are in the middle of a relegation battle, everyone has to be clear about that,” he said.
Next up for Dortmund is a home clash with Hoffenheim on Friday.
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Published: December 1, 2014 04:00 AM