Borussia boss wants warming display for Nuremberg
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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is targeting another five-star performance from the German champions on Friday when they host Nuremberg after hammering Werder Bremen.

Borussia blasted Werder Bremen 5-0 away last Saturday, with their pressing game forcing the hosts into defensive errors which led to a flood of goals from Dortmund's attack led by Germany stars Marco Reus and Mario Gozte.

With sub-zero temperatures forecast for Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park stadium, Klopp said he wants his side to turn up the heat against Nuremberg, who are just above the bottom three relegation places.

"We want to heat the place up with a game to warm the heart," said Klopp, with his team third and 12 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich having taken only 14 points from their eight home games this season.

"Our task is to control the game so the opponent finds it hard to provide an answer."

While a lack of concentration has cost Dortmund shock league defeats at home to Wolfsburg in December and away to Hamburg in September, the champions showed their class against Bremen.

"When we are on a roll, we are hard to stop. That could happen a bit more often," admitted Klopp.

Klopp admits his team now only have a chance of catching Munich if "Bayern have a horrible second half" to the season.

With just two wins in their last eight games, Nuremberg need points to pull themselves away from danger.

New coach Michael Wiesinger is expected to include midfielder Hiroshi Kiyotake having benched the Japan star for Sunday's 1-1 draw at Hamburg.

Bayern face major hurdle
Leaders Bayern have a tough away game at VfB Stuttgart on Sunday with the media frenzy finally subsiding after Pep Guardiola was last week announced as head coach for the 2013/14 season.

Current boss Jupp Heynckes has admitted the timing did not help his team, who laboured to a 2-0 win at home to bottom side Greuther Fuerth last Saturday and squandered a string of chances in front of goal.

Bayern have few injury worries at Stuttgart, who were beaten 2-0 by Wolfsburg last weekend and are midtable, with reserve goalkeeper Tom Starke missing after injuring his wrist.

Centre-back Dante has been called up by Brazil for the first time for the friendly against England in London on 6 February.

Second-placed Bayer Leverkusen are at dark-horses Freiburg on Saturday evening with striker Stefan Kiessling the league's top scorer with 13 in 18 games having added to his tally in Saturday's 3-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Having dropped to 11th in the table, Hanover 96 host Wolfsburg on Saturday with Die Wolfe having extended Swiss goalkeeper Diego Neaglio's contract in midweek until 2016.

UEFA Champions League side Schalke 04, who face Turkey's Galatasaray in the last 16, are at second from bottom Augsburg on Saturday.

The Royal Blues are still in talks with Tottenham as to whether or not midfielder Lewis Holtby will join the English Premier League side either before the end of January's transfer window or in June, when his contract expires.

German Bundesliga fixtures

Friday
Borussia Dortmund v Nuremberg 

Saturday
Borussia M'gladbach v Fortuna Duesseldorf
Hannover 96 v VfL Wolfsburg
FC Augsburg v Schalke 04
Greuther Fuerth v Mainz 05
Eintracht Frankfurt v Hoffenheim
Freiburg v Bayer 04 Leverkusen 

Sunday
Hamburg v Werder Bremen
VfB Stuttgart v Bayern Munich