Dortmund get annoyed when Bayern talk about them – Rummenigge

The Bavarians’ chairman has cautiously refrained from giving his opinion on their rivals’ struggles in the Bundesliga this season for fear of reproach

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to discuss Borussia Dortmund’s dire Bundesliga situation as he claims they get annoyed when anyone at Bayern Munich talks about them.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga, having endured a torrid first half of the season.

The winter break does not seem to have helped revive their fortunes either, as they drew at Bayer Leverkusen last week before then losing at home to Augsburg on Wednesday night, leaving BVB two points adrift of safety.

Dortmund’s relationship with Bayern has been fractured off the pitch in recent years due to the Bavarians signing their best players in successive summers – Mario Gotze in 2013 and Robert Lewandowski last year.

Consequently, Rummenigge has refrained from airing his views on BVB’s current predicament.

“I do not want to talk about the situation of Borussia Dortmund,” the Bayern chairman is quoted as saying by TZ. “Borussia Dortmund have problems that only Borussia Dortmund can tackle; they need to solve it themselves.

“I think when Bayern talk about them it annoys them. And I do not want any comments of mine to fray the nerves of those at Dortmund.”

Dortmund travel to Freiburg on Saturday, with kick-off scheduled for 15:30CET – the same time as Bayern host Bundesliga strugglers Stuttgart.