Dutt not feeling the pressure

Bayer Leverkusen coach Robin Dutt does not expect his job to be on the line if his side fail to beat Mainz next weekend.

Robin Dutt

Leverkusen ended 2011 with a seven-point deficit on the top four in the Bundesliga, and Dutt has been criticised by some supporters, who had grown accustomed to success after finishing second last season.

Dutt has been told by his club's president Wolfgang Holzhauser that his side must earn 34 points during the second half of the season.

"It is right for the president to say that and now I as the coach have got to concentrate on my team and the tactics to enable that to happen," Dutt told the Bild newspaper.

"What matters to me is what the club's management think and therefore I don't feel that my job is on the line.

"One thing we have learnt from the first half of the season is not to speak too much about possible consequences of results before the game takes place.

"We have got to see what we can do to get that result."

Dutt says he knows exactly what must improve between now and May for Leverkusen to reach their goal of a place in Europe next season, preferably in the Champions League.

"We conceded 22 goals, which is 10 too many, and we scored 22, which is 10 too few," he said.

"We only scored one goal on the counter-attack. That means when we regain possession, we were poor moving forwards.

"Once we lost possession, then it took us too long to reorganise."



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