Klopp unconcerned by Bayern lead

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp insists he is not concerned with the gap title rivals Bayern Munich are already establishing at the Bundesliga summit.

Football News: Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Bayern picked up a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday to make it seven wins out of their opening seven games, which was enough to see them claim a nine-point lead over BVB after the defending champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Hannover a day later.

Given both sides are regarded as the only two genuine contenders for the title this season, the Bavarians' lead should pose some concern to their rivals, although Klopp insists he is unpertubed by the widening gap at the moment.

"We play our season and only twice against Bayern Munich," he said.

"These games are very interesting, but they do not decide the final result [of the Bundesliga] after just seven matches."

Robert Lewandowski had put Dortmund ahead in the 26th minute but after the visitors lost Jakub Blaszczykowski, Mats Hummels and Sven Bender to injury, Hannover eventually fought their way back into the game and rescued a point thanks to Mame Biram Diouf's late equaliser.

Speaking after the game, coach Mirko Slomka expressed his belief that they were good value for the draw.

"In the second half we showed real willpower," he said. "It was a hard-earned point and not entirely undeserved."

Dortmund are next in league action on October 20 when they entertain Schalke, while Hannover travel to Eintracht Frankfurt on the same day.

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