Sebastian Kehl backs Borussia Dortmund to get back up and continue title charge

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl. (Photo by Helge Prang - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images)
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl. (Photo by Helge Prang - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images) /

Sebastian Kehl has stated that Borussia Dortmund will “get back up” and continue their push for the title after the team’s 4-2 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.

Following the aftermath of what was an abysmal performance at the Allianz Arena this past Saturday, Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl admitted that there was a strong level of disappointment after the game, but this result does not mean the end of their title aspirations.

Die Schwarzgelben went into the game unbeaten in the Bundesliga since the winter break; a complete turnaround in terms of form when compared to the first half of the season. It was a long string of results that brought about levels of optimism not seen in Dortmund for quite some time.

Despite the optimism and strong run of form, Saturday’s result is a clear indication that there is still some sort of mental block that the team suffers from whenever they face Bayern on their home patch; a mental block that has resulted in some very embarrassing results not befitting a team of Borussia Dortmund’s standing.

In light of this result and in terms of how the table currently shapes up however, Sebastian Kehl has stated that Borussia Dortmund will not be throwing in the towel:

"“We are Borussia Dortmund, we are Borussians, we will get back up and this thing is not done yet… We said beforehand that this game might give a little direction in the title race, but it has not been decided yet. Today is a bitter day for us, it hurts, we are very disappointed. But the championship has not been decided yet.”"

For Borussia Dortmund to continue to lay siege to the possibility of an 11th straight title for Bayern Munich, they will have to put together a perfect run and hope that the Rekordmeister slips up in one of their next Bundesliga matches, which is entirely possible based on their form this season.

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Bayern acted quickly in the lead up to Der Klassiker with the sacking of Julian Nagelsmann and appointment of Thomas Tuchel, which will also be a factor to take into account. Depending on the performances Tuchel gets out of Bayern going forward, BVB may be able to find a way to catch them, but with fewer and fewer games left in the Bundesliga calendar, time is very much running out on this window of opportunity; a window of opportunity that isn’t entirely in Borussia Dortmund’s hands anymore.