Weidenfeller: Defeat won't affect Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller insists yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Hoffenheim will not unsettle his side in their bid to win the Bundesliga title. The Westphalians were beaten for the first time in 2011 and could see their lead at the top of the table cut to nine points by Bayer Leverkusen today.
"This defeat does not knock us off course," Weidenfeller said on the club website. "It will make us more alert. We have a young side and you can't always win games. Next week, we want to win again."
Coach Jurgen Klopp also took defeat in his stride, saying the game was "pre-destined for such a result". "We were a touch better in practically every area, but we did not take advantage of this," he added. "We had the right attitude, so I am not worried in the slightest about this first defeat in the second half of the season."
Hoffenheim coach Marco Pezzaiuoli was happy with his side's response after losing last weekend. "After the 2-0 loss at Borussia Monchengladbach, it was important for us to bounce back," he said. "We were very compact and kept getting at them so the win was not undeserved."
The win lifted Hoffenheim to within seven points of the top five with eight games of the season remaining.