Jurgen Klopp admits that Borussia Dortmund must start picking up results after another miserable week, but the coach is convinced the club will return stronger from their current crisis.
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Dortmund lost touch with the top of the Bundesliga after a disastrous week left them with just one point from a possible nine.
Klopp's side have conceded six and scored just three in their last three games to leave them in 12th place, with further injury problems adding to their concerns.
On Saturday, BVB lost 2-1 at rivals Schalke, who celebrated their first Revierderby win in 18 months.
Dortmund conceded two easy goals from set pieces: First, captain Mats Hummels forgot to man-mark Royal Blues centre-back Joel Matip, and then Adrian Ramos cleared the ball straight into the box instead of passing it to the wing.
But while Bild suggests that the club have hit a crisis -- collecting only seven points from their first six league games -- with football magazine kicker on Monday running a two-page editorial explaining the reasons behind the club's false start, BVB's coach remains confident that they "will be back" following the international break in early October.
"We have simply endured eight bad days and the comeback trail starts on Wednesday in Anderlecht," said Hummels, who returned to the starting XI for the first time in the 2014-2015 campaign. "We are not where we want to be just now."
The World Cup winner went on to explain that conceding two cheap goals against Schalke is "a clear sign that we are not going through the best phase right now and it can't go on like that.
"With two wins against Anderlecht [in the Champions League] and Hamburg it still will not be good, but not bad as well."
The 25-year-old centre-back also hinted that the current injury crisis -- which has seen midfielders Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Nuri Sahin, Ilkay Gundogan and Oliver Kirch all miss out recently -- could be over soon, adding: "It currently looks like we have most players on board again."
While Klopp admits that it may take a while for his injury-plagued side to return to full strength, he insists BVB are on the comeback trail: "The team has quality, a strong character and is mentally strong. We will be back."
Dortmund, who last started with only seven points in six games in the 2011-2012 campaign -- a season in which they went on to win the league -- now trail Bayern Munich by seven points, but Catalan coach Pep Guardiola has not yet written off Bayern's biggest rivals in the last four years.
"Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen will be huge competitors for us, no doubt about that," Guardiola told the postgame news conference following Bayern's 2-0 win at Cologne on Saturday. "And Dortmund will also climb to the top. Everything can still happen."