Dortmund ready for final push

Dortmund are two points off the pace for a place in Europe next season and their coach Jurgen Klopp knows it is going to be a race his side can only win with a perfect end to the campaign.

“Our aim is to win all three remaining games,” he said. “We’re still within touching distance and that is all that matters.

“We’ll still be there if we get three points on Saturday, so if we want to qualify for the Europa League, then we need all we can get.”

Marco Reus is not going to be able to take part, though, with an injury which Dortmund do not want to take any risks with, particularly not in view of the cup final at the end of the month.

“He’s not going to be available on Saturday,” Klopp said. “It looks like he’s going to be able to start training again next week.

“We don’t have such a big bunch of players in training yet, but it’s big enough for us to be able to pick based on who is making the best impression.”

Adrian Ramos is out for the rest of the season while Lukasz Piszczek and Roman Weidenfeller are not yet ready to return.

Hertha coach Pal Dardai has no such injury concerns while he did not risk picking any up either as he called off training in midweek, scheduling something much more relaxing.

“I’ve got to keep my players on their toes, but we’ve also got to fit in some time for relaxation,” Dardai said after taking his players for a coffee on Wednesday.

“We need to be fresh mentally and we’ve got to try to get that back. I need my players to be able to switch off and not think purely about football.”

Should they pick up a win in Dortmund on Saturday, then they may be able to sit back for the remainder of the season with three points potentially enough to secure safety mathematically.

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