Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp insists relegation from the Bundesliga continues to be a worry for him, and will go on being the case, until his side are mathematically safe from the drop.
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Following Saturday’s 3-2 win away at Hannover BVB are now 10th in the top German top tier, eight points clear of the relegation zone, and 12 points away from a Champions League berth.
Die Schwarzgelben have now avoided gone seven games unbeaten, after being bottom of the table in February, though Klopp is clearly not one to count his chickens.
Quoted by BBC Sport, he said, “Only once it is impossible for us to be relegated will we start to focus our attention elsewhere.
“We are now eight points above the relegation zone and are no longer in the thick of it. We managed to extricate ourselves from the quagmire.
“Our plan is simply to get more and more points on the board. Since the winter break we have picked up 18 points and lost on just one occasion.”
His side’s last defeat came on 4th February at home to Augsburg, after which Dortmund players spoke to disappointed and vocal fans after the game.
Dortmund’s next two games come against runaway leaders Bayern Munich and third placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
Veteran midfielder Sebastian Kehl said, “We have to keep an eye on the teams below us. It’s a strange situation. Thrilling weeks are yet to come. I hope that this season will end well.”