Bender: Dortmund not good enough going forward

The midfielder has acknowledged they have struggled in attack and has urged his team-mates to step up their game in front of goal

Sven Bender has voiced his frustration with Borussia Dortmund’s inability to score goals in the wake of their 1-0 Bundesliga loss at home to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have failed to score in four of their last five league games, with poor form seeing them drop further behind the Champions League places.

Bender has admitted BVB must do better in front of goal and has called for improvement in Tuesday’s DFB Pokal encounter with Hoffenheim.

“You can only progress to the next round if you score goals,” Bender was quoted as saying by Reviersport.

“It’s not prohibited for any of us to score a goal. A defender could also find the net after a set piece.

“Everything is allowed and we should all do something extra to try and score.”

Dortmund have scored 34 goals in 27 Bundesliga matches so far this term, while netting 15 more in eight Champions League games.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leads the club’s goalscoring charts at the moment with 18 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions.