Peter Bosz, the Borussia Dortmund coach, has said that he is feeling growing pressure due to the team’s recent poor form but that he is confident they can turn things around.
They dropped from first to third in the Bundesliga and have put in a number of poor Champions League performances. Bosz has been receiving criticism for his high defensive line.
If the team don’t win at Stuttgart today then it will add even more pressure to the derby against their rivals Schalke in the near future.
Speaking at a news conference this week Bosz said, “You can feel that the pressure has grown in the past weeks. I am convinced that we will find our way back on track.”
— Marc Bartra (@MarcBartra) November 17, 2017
He also gave his backing to striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has failed to score in the last few games saying that he has scored “a lot of goals in training”.
There have also been concerns over Dortmund’s fitness levels since it was revealed by German football magazine kicker that ten Bundesliga teams are currently making more high-intensity runs than Dortmund. Last season all of Dortmund players reached a top speed of at least 31kmh under Thomas Tuchel while this season some have not broken the 30kmh mark.
Captain Marcel Schmelzer has defended Bosz against claims that one training session per day in preseason might not have been enough.
He said, “You can train twice a day, or just once and more intense. That’s the case under Bosz. In preseason, players felt like [they had been] training twice a day after just one training session under him.”
In other team news, keeper Roman Burki has said that he isn’t worried about losing his place amid rumours that a replacement may arrive in January.