Dortmund out to prove Augsburg wrong

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says it is legitimate yet unacceptable that Augsburg believe they can get something out of their visit to the Westfalenstadion,

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp

With only eight points separating the two clubs at the start of the second half of the season, Augsburg have every right to believe they can come away from Westphalia with something.

Klopp, however, says it is his own side's fault that the Westfalenstadion is no longer seen as an impenetrable fortress.

He wants his side to prove the opposite on Saturday.

"It's our own mistake that our opponents think it's possible to get something from here," Klopp said at a press conference.

"We've made an oath for the second half of the season, and now we've got to give it all we've got."

The winter break has allowed Klopp to reassemble something vaguely resembling a first-team squad.

Mats Hummels, Neven Subotic and Ilkay Gundogan may still be out for the foreseeable future, but Klopp is not as short on numbers as he was in the first half of the season when, at one stage, his entire back four was wiped out.

"For the first time in a long time, there are going to be some tight decisions to make on Saturday," Klopp said. "We have several class players available for certain positions."

One player who fits into that same category will be joining Dortmund in the summer- from Augsburg.

Ji Dong-won joined the Bavarians on loan from Sunderland until the end of the season only then to agree a permanent move to Dortmund just a day after being unveiled as an Augsburg player.

The South Korean will not play on Saturday with Augsburg claiming he is carrying a knock.

The theory they have been asked to leave him out by his future employers has been rejected by Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.

"That's rubbish. There's no such agreement with Augsburg," he said.



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