Muller: Borussia Dortmund must show the balls to avoid relegation

Last season’s Bundesliga runners-up are sitting bottom of the table after 13 games and the Bayern Munich striker says he hopes his side’s rivals can get out of their poor position

Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller has said he is surprised by the domestic crisis currently facing Borussia Dortmund and feels they must show “balls” to escape it.

While Jurgen Klopp’s men have won four of their five Champions League matches so far this term and have already booked their place in the second round, they currently lie bottom of the Bundesliga, having picked up just 11 points from 13 games.

Muller admitted that he did not expect to see last season’s runners-up struggle so much and said he hopes they can start climbing back up the table.

“It takes balls,” he told Sky Sport. “No one expected this. If you look at the situation from the outside, you’re speechless.

“At the beginning you saw them struggle but were still positive, but now you hope for them to pick up each point.

“For German football that is also very important. As you can see, anything is possible in football.

“In the Champions League, BVB are doing great, but in the league they are at the bottom. Crazy – but it’s not our problem.”