James ramps up pressure on Dortmund


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Bayern Munich ace James Rodriguez has ramped up the pressure on Borussia Dortmund after the leaders saw their advantage at the top of the Bundesliga standings cut to five points on Saturday.

BVB have been the star performers in the German top-flight for the majority of the season, but they were held to a second successive stalemate on Saturday as they threw away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at home to Hoffenheim.

Bayern made Dortmund pay for those dropped points as they claimed a 3-1 victory in the day’s late game to close the gap at the top of the table down to five points.

The two teams are scheduled to meet in the second Der Klassiker of the season at the start of April and Colombia international James has ramped up the pressure on Dortmund by suggesting they cannot afford to drop any more points between now and then.

“They know if they slip up they’ve still got to come here, so they’re under pressure too,” James told the Bundesliga website.

“We always are [under pressure]. I think we’re going to maintain a high level and I think it’s Dortmund who are under pressure.”

Dortmund are in Champions League action during the week when they travel to Wembley for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Tottenham, while their next Bundesliga match is away at Nurnberg on February 18.

Bayern have no European distractions this week so they can focus their preparations fully on their away clash with Augsburg on Friday.

Dortmund are priced at 1.85 to go on and win what would be their first German championship since 2012, while Bayern, who have won the title in every year since then, are available at 1.91.

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