Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic says the club still have ambitions about qualifying for Europe this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side endured a disastrous start to the season and were bottom of the table after a six-game losing streak between September and November.
But an upturn in form has seen the club go five games unbeaten in the Bundesliga and a 3-2 victory at Hannover on Saturday leaves them 10th in the table.
Dortmund sit five points outside the top six, although a seventh-place finish could be enough to qualify for the Europa League depending on who wins the DFB Pokal, and they are 11 points outside the Champions League places.
A finish in the European places seemed almost impossible just a few months ago but centre-back Subotic says the team are confident about their chances of launching a late push.
“We were able to pull away a bit today from the teams below. Now we want to go for the place above us,” he said after the game.
“We really wanted to take advantage after they went down to ten men and so made it 3-1. We also threatened a fourth, which would have been important for us, but again, we let an opponent come back into the game.”
Dortmund face arguably their biggest game of the season when they return after the international break with a home clash against Bayern Munich.
BVB are priced at 3.96 to win that game, with the current Bundesliga leaders favourites at 1.81.