Guardiola: Dortmund slump could also happen to Bayern

The Spaniard has again warned that the reigning champions are not untouchable and expects a difficult game against Schalke

Pep Guardiola has warned Bayern Munich must learn from Borussia Dortmund’s fall from grace this season to ensure they do not suffer a similar fate.

Dortmund have been Bayern’s closest rivals in the past five Bundesliga seasons – winning two titles of their own – but find themselves bottom of the table in the current campaign.

Having lost Robert Lewandowski to Bayern at the end of last season, Dortmund’s attempts to replace the Pole’s firepower have failed, with Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos scoring just five goals between them so far.

Additionally, Jurgen Klopp’s side have struggled with long-term injuries to the likes of Mats Hummels, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan.

BVB have just four wins from 18 games all season, while Bayern are eight points clear at the top despite their first defeat to Wolfsburg on Friday, but Guardiola maintains their plight should serve as a warning.

“I like Klopp and Dortmund,” said the Spaniard. “They have great players, but now they are bottom.

“We have to watch it [their fall], that could happen to us.”

Guardiola is keen to ensure Bayern find their composure again against Schalke on Tuesday despite facing a side he believes are dangerous.

“If we understand that we can also lose tomorrow, then we are on the right track,” he added.

“Schalke are one of the best teams in Germany. It is difficult to attack them, we must patiently play.

“They will be super organised defensively.”

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