Klopp unconcerned by fixture congestion
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp cannot see his side capitulating under the strain of playing games at a rate of two per week.
The Westphalians currently lead the way in the Bundesliga by four points from Mainz, having won nine and drawn one of their first 11 matches.
Their involvement in the UEFA Europa League has meant they were forced to play seven matches in the space of just 22 days up to last Sunday, and this after starting the season earlier than anybody else in Germany due to their European qualifying matches.
Nevertheless, Klopp has laughed off suggestions that his side will not be able to keep up with the pace.
"The issue of regeneration during the week after the strains of a weekend game is exaggerated, if you ask me," he told the Ruhr Nachrichten newspaper. "To be honest, I think it's child's play."
However, Klopp admits it may not be so easy to have to cope with so many games if you are not being so successful.
"It is not a problem for us because the results are there, but if I use Hertha Berlin from last season as a comparison, then having so many games really is tough because you hardly ever have the chance to train and do something about the defeats in the Bundesliga. Then it gets tough."
Klopp has a recipe for having only three days between matches - he only trains once. "During the week when we played in Paris, we had two free days," he explained.
"I think that was what solved all the problems because when my team has two days off, they don't jet off somewhere but rather sleep in the first day and then, during their second day off, they are desperate to get back to playing football again."