Klopp out to boost Borussia

2015-04-17 09:36
Jurgen Klopp (Supplied)

Berlin - Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich host Hoffenheim on Saturday looking to bounce back from their shock European defeat at Porto amidst an injury crisis.

Bayern are 10 points clear at the top of the German league table and just three more wins from having their third straight Bundesliga title confirmed.

But the Bavarians are licking their Champions League wounds with Pep Guardiola's Bayern facing an uphill task for Tuesday's quarter-final, return leg, at the Allianz Arena after losing 3-1 to Porto on Wednesday.

Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all still battling injuries, and with Bayern playing every three or four days, the depth of their star-studded squad is being tested.

Guardiola is set to rest a few players to keep them fresh for Porto, but Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol dismissed any talk of the Bavarians being vulnerable.

"We mustn't focus too much on Bayern's defeat in Porto - they're more than capable of bouncing back," said Gisdol, who has extended his Hoffenheim deal until 2018.

Jurgen Klopp says it's business as usual for Borussia Dortmund against neighbours Paderborn on Saturday despite his shock resignation as coach after seven years in charge.

Having led Dortmund to consecutive German league titles in 2011 and 2012, then runners-up for the last two years, Klopp dropped a bombshell on Wednesday by announcing he is leaving next month.

Dortmund host relegation-threatened Paderborn and with six games left, Klopp wants to bow out with his side further up the table than their current position of tenth and six points from a European berth.

"It's just another normal football game, albeit one that's vitally important for both sides," said Klopp, with Paderborn two points from safety.

"It's going to be a proper fight and we have to show we're up to the task.

"I'm not on a goodbye tour, there's still work to do."

Bundesliga fixtures


Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Moenchengladbach


Borussia Dortmund v Paderborn 07, Bayer Leverkusen v Hanover 96, Hoffenheim v Bayern Munich, Hertha Berlin v Cologne, Freiburg v Mainz, Augsburg v VfB Stuttgart


Werder Bremen v Hamburg, VfL Wolfsburg v Schalke 


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