Mats Hummels has urged Borussia Dortmund to “get better by the game” as they prepare to welcome crisis-club, Hamburg to the Westfalenstadion this weekend.
A 3-0 win at Anderlecht on Wednesday continued their perfect start to the UEFA Champions League, but they have already fallen seven points off the pace in the Bundesliga and can ill-afford to lose any further ground.
“We’ve got some scores to settle at the weekend,” defender Mats Hummels told the club’s official website. “We want to get better by the game for the rest of the season, starting on Saturday against Hamburg.”
Having already lost at home to Bayer Leverkusen and drawn with Stuttgart, Dortmund will feel they have to pay their fans back with all three points. Hamburg are in desperate need of the points too, though, having only just managed to score their first goal of the season, even if that was not enough to avoid a fourth defeat of the season against Eintracht Frankfurt.
That defeat left the northern Germany side propping up the rest of the division with only two points this season, one less than their northern rivals Werder Bremen, who will be keen to avoid two uncomfortable weeks during the international break when they host fellow strugglers Freiburg. Those three clubs are the only ones in the Bundesliga still without a win this season.
At the other end of the table, four clubs are yet to lose this season, led by Bayern Munich, who host Hannover on Saturday. Hoffenheim also belong to that group ahead of their clash with Schalke while the other two – Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz – meet in the final game of the weekend on Sunday. Elsewhere, Bayer Leverkusen host Paderborn on Saturday with Eintracht Frankfurt welcoming Cologne to the Waldstadion in Saturday evening encounter. Sunday’s other game is between Wolfsburg and Augsburg.