Top Against Bottom: Dortmund vs Gladbach

Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion)
Saturday 27th November 2010
17:30 GMT


Two days after coach Jürgen Klopp extended his contract for another two years until 2014, Borussia Dortmund will be looking to continue their incredible success under the 43-year-old coach in Saturday's late match against bottom club Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Despite their side's healthy lead at the top of the table and Gladbach's worrying position at the foot, Klopp insisted the situation was 'merely a snapshot in time' and that the game against Gladbach would be 'very hard work'. He went on to point out that the visitors had already twice won 'spectacularly' away from home this season, referring to Gladbach's 6-3 victory in Leverkusen and more recently their 4-0 success at Köln. "Anyone who knows anything about football knows that this team have an extremely good attack," said Klopp.

Dortmund are sweating over the fitness of striker Lucas Barrios and right-back Lukasz Piszczek. The latter is struggling with muscular problems, while Barrios is having trouble with his hip. Klopp believes his biggest task will be ensuring his side go into the game with the right mentality against a Gladbach side which is very capable of causing an upset. Dortmund went to sleep in the first half of last week's victory over SC Freiburg and found themselves 1-0 down at the break, but Klopp is hoping his side can repeat what they delivered in the second half. "If we go into the game fully focused, we can be very unpleasant for opponents," Klopp added.

Defence is once again at the centre of attention for visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach, who have already conceded 36 goals this season - more than any other team in the league. The visitors have the worst defensive record in the German top flight and also have seven defenders absent for the match at the Signal Iduna Park (Westfalenstadion) but coach Michael Frontzeck was refusing to concede a defeat is inevitable. "It is not like I have 16 defenders in my squad so we are going to have to improvise in defense," Frontzeck said.

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