Dortmund aims to bounce back vs. in-form Frankfurt
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund aims to bounce back from its first Bundesliga loss in just over a year when the defending champion visits high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday.
Dortmund's 31-game unbeaten streak came to a halt on Saturday with Hamburg's first win, and Juergen Klopp's side already finds itself five points behind pacesetting Bayern Munich.
"The season has only begun. Last season we were eight points behind Bayern and we still won the German championship," Dortmund midfielder Ivan Perisic told the Bundesliga website. "So I'm not worried about it."
Frankfurt, in contrast, set a Bundesliga record by becoming the first promoted side to win its opening four games.
"I'd be disappointed if we don't finish German champions now," Frankfurt coach Armin Veh joked after the third win.
Bayern — enjoying its best ever start to the league — hosts misfiring Wolfsburg.
"We can't deny it's a good start but a good start is only of any use if you keep marching on," said Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer after his side's seventh consecutive win across all competitions.
Also Tuesday, Schalke hosts Mainz and Fortuna Duesseldorf visits Greuther Fuerth.
On Wednesday, Borussia Moenchengladbach hosts Hamburg, Hoffenheim visits Stuttgart, Hannover welcomes Nuremberg, Freiburg hosts Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen visits Augsburg.
"It's not nice to be reacquainted with how losing feels," Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl said after the 3-2 defeat. "It has to be said that we really only have ourselves to blame."
Dortmund was just five games shy of Hamburg's record of 36 games unbeaten set in January, 1983.
"Such a thing is incidental, although the record would have been nice of course," Perisic said. "Maybe in a couple of weeks we'll get angry about the record because we could have managed it with a draw (in Hamburg)."
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