Hans-Joachim Watzke with a challenge to FC Bayern

Borussia Dortmund has not yet put the fight for the German championship aside despite the bitter 4-2 defeat at Bayern. BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke confirms this.

“We’re not giving up, there’s no reason for that. The road isn’t over yet,” Watzke wrote in a written statement to “WAZ”.

The BVB boss had not followed the duel with the German record champions in the stadium for the first time in his many years in office – according to media reports, the 64-year-old stayed away from the game due to illness.

At the traditional meeting with those responsible at FC Bayern headed by CEO Oliver Kahn, his colleague Carsten Cramer represented him.

Goalkeeper Gregor Kobel, who was weak in Munich, will “win the next few games for BVB again. It will continue. And on Wednesday,” said Watzke, looking ahead to the upcoming game in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup against RB Leipzig.

Early own goal puts BVB on the losing road at FC Bayern

In Munich, BVB fell behind early due to an own goal by Kobel (13th). Goals from Thomas Müller (18’/23′) and Kingsley Coman (51′) decided the match in Bayern’s favour.

Emre Can (72nd/penalty) and Donyell Malen (90th) only operated result cosmetics from Dortmund’s point of view.

Directly after the game, sports director Sebastian Kehl also showed himself to be combative.

“We are Borussia Dortmund, we are Borussia, we’re getting back up and the thing isn’t over yet,” said the longtime BVB captain. “We said before that this game might set a small direction, but no decision will be made yet. So today is a bitter day for us, it hurts, we are very disappointed. But the championship is not decided today.”


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