Gentner: We must beat Dortmund

VfB Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner is hoping that his side can turn their fortunes around when they take on BVB Dortmund on Sunday. 

Stuttgart currently sit in 16th place on the Bundesliga standings and have only picked up 10 points from 13 matches, a record-low for the club. 

However, while Stuttgart have not beaten Dortmund in their past 11 meetings, a run stretching back to January 2010, Gentner is determined to ensure interim coach Jurgen Kramny has a reason to celebrate in his first match in charge.

Kramny, who was the Under-23s coach, was handed the reins on a temporary basis following Stuttgart’s decision to part ways with Alexander Zorniger after just six months in charge.

"We have a responsibility. We want to prove that we can play beyond our limits as well as hurt the opponents with our play," Gentner told the club’s official website. "In the short term it is necessary to reduce the number of goals conceded. With 31 goals conceded, there are no two ways about it.

"Through [Kramny's] work with the second team, he has a wealth of experience that will help us. Many players already know him and he is an open-minded guy, but a long-term solution would be ideal."

But, beating Dortmund will be no easy feat for Stuttgart as Thomas Tuchel’s side currently occupy second place on the standings with nine wins from their 13 matches.