BVB boss on comments from Bayern: 'Other clubs don't interest us'
Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has urged his team not to listen to comments from Bayern München and other clubs.
For years, Borussia Dortmund have been the hunters while Bayern München have been the hunted team. But the roles have switched this season.
One matchday into the second half of the season, Borussia Dortmund are top of the league, six points ahead of the Bavarians who have made it clear that they want to 'hunt down Dortmund'.
However, according to Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, Lucien Favre and his team will not be affected by comments from other clubs.
"Other clubs don't interest os," Watzke said in an interview with Bild and added:
"We must and will continue our own race. We want to get as many points as possible in the second half of the season and then see what comes out of it. There's no need to change our philosophy of thinking from game to game."
Watzke also lauded praise on the team for beating RB Leipzig 1-0 in the first game after the winter break - even if they had to cope without central defenders Manuel Akanji, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Ömer Toprak as well as captain Marco Reus.
"You never know where you stand after a winter break. But I take my hat off to the coach and the team for how they handled such a difficult hurdle. That was a really good performance, especially when you consider that in addition to our defensive problems, we were playing without Marco Reus, our most important player. It was a really mature performance," Watzke said.
In their next game, Borussia Dortmund face Hannover 96 at home on Saturday.