Hans-Joachim Watzke: Borussia Dortmund's season not as bad as many may think

Hans-Joachim Watzke
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Hans-Joachim Watzke believes that all the negativity surrounding Borussia Dortmund is exaggerated, and feels that they are performing better than many may believe.

Borussia Dortmund have endured a difficult season so far, and find themselves in a fight to finish in the Bundesliga top four. But outgoing BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke feels that the team is doing much better than many people think. But the things that they are doing well are being swept under the rug.

Nevertheless, Watzke knows that Borussia Dortmund must qualify for next season's UEFA Champions League if they want to call their season a success. In an interview with DAZN, Watzke said, "BVB are doing much better than many believe. The realities are shifting. You read that the season is not good. The fact is, there have been things this season that have not been so good, but a lot of things have also gone well. But that's somehow being swept under the rug a bit."

"At the end of the day, the Bundesliga will decide whether it will be a good season. We cannot call it a good season if we don't end up qualifying for the Champions League."

Borussia Dortmund currently find themselves in fourth place in the Bundesliga standings, one point clear of RB Leipzig. Although Edin Terzic's side face a gruelling end to the season, with games against Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and RB Leipzig all still to come.

Terzic has come under plenty of criticism as a result of Borussia Dortmund's poor performances. And some have even called for the squad to be overhauled in the summer. But Watzke does not see the need for major changes at the club in the off-season.

"I don't think we'll be making any major changes. With Kobel, Schlotterbeck, Bynoe-Gittens, Duranville and Moukoko, we have a lot of young players in our ranks. We don't have to rebuild the whole squad. There are always a few changes that we can implement, but we don't need a major shake-up."