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Dortmund aim to rectify frailties at the back for Mönchengladbach clash

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 2:32am
AFP

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Reigning champions Borussia Dortmund go into their showdown against Borussia Mönchengladbach today admitting that their defensive weaknesses are proving to be fatal.

Dortmund twice gave up leads in their 3-3 draw against high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday after a 3-2 defeat at Hamburg last weekend that ended a 31-match unbeaten run.

"It's fatal that we're allowing so many goals in. We are just not working as well at the back as we did last year," Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl said.

His side have conceded eight goals in their opening five games, compared to 25 in the whole of last season and 22 in 2010-11.

Coach Jurgen Klopp called for calm though, saying: "We have to keep our composure and address the correct areas. Some fine-tuning needs to be done, but there is no need for massive changes."

Dortmund sit sixth in the table, seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

"I don't care about the gap. We can do more and are not where we belong," Kehl said.

Bayern travel to Werder Bremen earlier today having won their first five matches but are refusing to get carried away.

"We have only played five of 34 matches. We have to keep both feet on the ground," said Dutch winger Arjen Robben.

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "We are playing good football. But there's no reason to break out in euphoria."