Jakub Blaszczykowski says the time has come for his Borussia Dortmund side to stop feeling sorry for themselves and start producing the goods on the pitch.
The Poland international has, along with several other players in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, had his injury problems but he’s now fit again.
Their convincing 3-0 win at the Schwarzwald-Stadion lifted them to 16th in the table, allowing them to leapfrog their opponents but they still sit just a point clear of bottom-club Stuttgart.
Friday gives Dortmund the perfect chance to continue their momentum when they host Klopp’s former team Mainz, a game they are currently 1.32 to win, with the draw 4.80 and the visitors priced at 9.61.
With Dortmund also due to face Stuttgart this month, Blaszczykowski says the time is right for his team to start taking responsibility for their poor form.
“I think we’ve done enough talking and now we need to take action out on the pitch,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website. “To answer the question: right now we’re just not playing our game. We used to do certain things differently and everything – and I mean everything – came together wonderfully.
“Now we’re doing it wrong. I believe that we’ve got to continue to keep faith in our game, because only then can we make use of all our qualities and fully exploit the potential we posses.”
Despite the domestic troubles, Dortmund have been extremely impressive in the Champions League this season and, ahead of the second-round tie with Juventus, are priced at 28.00 to win the tournament outright.