Dortmund need to get real – Piszczek

The defender is worried about his side’s terrible run of form and called upon the squad to pull together and pick up much needed points

Lukasz Piszczek has urged Borussia Dortmund to face up to the reality of their Bundesliga woes.

Jurgen Klopp’s men let the lead slip in Saturday’s Der Klassiker with Bayern Munich as former Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski and a penalty from Arjen Robben cancelled out Marco Reus’ first-half opener in a 2-1 win for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Dortmund’s setback at the Allianz Arena was their seventh league defeat of the season and fifth in succession in the Bundesliga, leaving them in the relegation play-off spot in Germany’s top flight, and full-back Piszczek is aware the club must start picking up points fast to rescue their campaign.

“We need to realise that we need points now,” he said. “We’re down at the bottom and we need to get out of there as quickly as possible.

“That won’t be easy. We need to work to make it happen and to try to pick up points.”

Meanwhile, Dortmund centre-back Neven Subotic believes his side paid the price for failing to take their opportunities to build upon Reus’s opening goal.

“We knew Bayern would start the second half aggressively as obviously they weren’t keen on losing at home,” he said.

“We were prepared for that. We tried to keep things tight at the back and to create a few chances at the other end.

“We did that to a certain extent – we had one or two opportunities to score again. The defeat hurts, especially after we went 1-0 up.”

Robben has no sympathy for Dortmund

The winger is unconcerned by the struggles of Jurgen Klopp’s side after hammering another nail into their coffin on Saturday

Arjen Robben says Bayern Munich do not have any sympathy for Borussia Dortmund’s Bundesliga struggles.

The winger scored an 85th-minute penalty as Bayern came from behind to defeat Dortmund 2-1 in Saturday’s Der Klassiker at the Allianz Arena.

The result was Dortmund’s fifth consecutive league defeat and saw them slip into the Bundesliga’s relegation play-off spot, with Robben more than happy to see BVB’s nightmare continue.

“I don’t think they’d have any sympathy for us [if the situation was the other way around],” he said. 

“We don’t need to sympathise with them, they’re a top team despite their league position. I have no doubt they’ll work their way back up the table.” 

Robben’s penalty secured the comeback after Robert Lewandowski scored against his former side to cancel out Marco Reus’ opener, but centre-back Jerome Boateng believes Bayern should have had a more comfortable margin of victory.

“Overall we played well, but we didn’t make the most of our chances,” he said. “We should have scored more goals.

“At half-time we agreed we’d set out our stall higher up the field than in the first half.

“Dortmund are very good opponents but all in all we can be pleased with the team performance, especially in the second half.”

Dortmund rocked by Hummels injury blow

The Germany international, who had only recently returned to full fitness, sprained his right foot in Saturday’s Bundesliga loss to Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena

Borussia Dortmund have announced that defender Mats Hummels will be out of action for three weeks through injury.

The Germany international was forced off at half-time in Saturday evening’s 2-1 loss to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

The centre-half was examined by Dr. Markus Braun the following morning, with scans revealing a sprained right foot.

“Mats Hummels is expected to be out for three weeks and will thus miss the Champions League match with Galatasaray in Istanbul on Tuesday and the Bundesliga game against Borussia Monchengladbach next Sunday,” read a club statement.

“There then follows a two-week international break before BVB have an away game at Paderborn on November 22.”

Hummels only returned to action at the tail end of September, after missing the start of the season with muscular problems related to his exploits at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

The loss of the 25-year-old to another injury is thus a massive blow for Dortmund, who are now languishing in 16th place in the Bundesliga on the back of their seventh defeat in 10 games so far this season.

Lewandowski: Dortmund still a great team

The Pole played a key role in consigning his old side to a seventh Bundesliga defeat of the season on Saturday but he is adamant that BVB will still finish in the top four

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowksi says he did not celebrate his strike in Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund out of respect for his former club, who he maintains remain a “great team”.

Struggling BVB looked set to pull off a shock victory at the Allianz Arena thanks to Marco Reus’ first-half header but Lewandowski levelled matters in the 72nd minute with a left-footed strike before Arjen Robben slotted home a late winner from the penalty spot.

It was a seventh victory in 10 Bundesliga matches for Bayern, who top the table by four points from Wolsburg, but Dortmund’s seven defeat of the season saw them drop to 16th.

Although he left Signal Iduna Park during the summer to move to Bavaria, Lewandowski insists he still has a lot of love for BVB and is supremely confident that they will soon turn things around.

“It was not an easy game – for me, either,” the Poland international told Sky. “I did not celebrate [the equaliser] but it was an important goal and it was a goal for my dad.

“We were not perfect during the first half but the only important thing is that we got the three points.

“I know BVB are still a great team. They’re struggling at the moment.

“But I expect them to come catch up again and I know they will play in the Champions League again next season.”

Bayern had squandered a succession of chances before finally restoring parity through Lewandowski and defender Jerome Boateng admitted that Pep Guardiola’s men would have been devastated had they not finally turned all of their possession into goals.

“We played very well, but we failed to convert our chances,” the centre-half confessed.

“I remember talking to Manuel [Neuer] and Philipp [Lahm] on the pitch, saying: ‘I won’t believe it if we lose this match.'”

Bayern resume their Champions League campaign with a meeting with Roma on Wednesday evening, with the Bavarians boasting a 100 per cent record after three games in Group E.

Ribery made the difference, says Guardiola

The ex-Barcelona coach was quick to hail the Frenchman’s contribution and stressed Bayern are always capable of finding a solution

Pep Guardiola says Franck Ribery made the difference for Bayern Munich in their hard-fought 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Marco Reus opened the scoring for BVB before the break, but Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben found the net after the interval to help the Bundesliga champions to victory.

Ribery started the match at the Allianz Arena from the bench, but played a key role in Bayern’s victory as he won a penalty after replacing Mario Gotze in the 70th minute.

“Franck Ribery helped us a great deal after he came off the bench,” Guardiola said at a press conference.

“We wanted him to play close to [Neven] Subotic and take advantage of his strengths in one-on-one situations.”

Bayern struggled in the opening 45 minutes as Dortmund kept a close eye on playmaker Xabi Alonso before the break, but Guardiola stressed the Bavarians have the quality to always find a solution.

“Xabi Alonso was marked quite closely in the first half, but we managed to find a solution for that.

“I think that we are always capable of finding an answer to difficult situations.”

Bayern sit atop of the Bundesliga table with 24 points from 10 games, holding a four-point lead over second-placed Wolfsburg.