Klaus Toppmoller has warned Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borrusia Dortmund's not to underestimate their current standing on the Bundesliga table going into the second half of the season.
Dortmund are second-bottom at the midway stage, and Toppmoller has reminded Klopp that the way he deals with the mounting pressure will determine if he succeeds in keeping the club up.
The 63-year-old found himself in a similar situation with Bayer Leverkusen after they finished second in the Bundesliga and lost in the finals of the DFB-Pokal and the UEFA Champions League in 2001. Twelve months later they were almost relegated to the second division.
"You can certainly compare our situation with the one Dortmund are in now, I was always one who would speak my mind and the mass media then started to round up on me. Klopp just must not do anything stupid, even if the pressure were to grow on him," Toppmoller told sport1.de.
Toppmoller did not make it to the end of the 2002/03 season, losing his job, with Klaus Augenthaler ultimately saving Leverkusen from relegation.
Toppmoller still has every faith in Klopp's ability and said:"No worse than last year, when he was in contention to become Europe's coach of the year". He said: "He can't have forgotten everything. He is still a very good coach."