Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has given up on the Bundesliga title, turning his attention to the UEFA Champions League and DFB Pokal.
Dortmund trail Bundesliga-leaders Bayern Munich by 15 points having lost 4-1 to Hamburg on Saturday and Klopp does not believe it is possible for his team to overhaul the Bavarian club with 14 games to go in the league.
Instead, he wants to focus on trying to win the Champions League and a second consecutive German Cup title.
“It is not a problem that we are not first because we like football and we want to win the next game and the next competition, DFB Pokal, Champions League, we have so many targets,” Klopp said on Monday.
“It has been a good season so far.”
Dortmund’s next challenge is a trip to Ukraine to play Shakhtar Donetsk in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie in the Champions League.
Ahead of that match, Klopp explained he does not believe there are enough games left for second-placed Dortmund to bridge the gap to Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga.
“It is not possible to win the league, it is easy mathematics,” Klopp said.
“We now have 14 games left which leaves 42 points.
“We would have to get all 42 and they (Bayern) would have to only get 30.
“That is not possible, not with this Bayern Munich team.”
In another interview, Klopp denied he is set to leave Dortmund for Real Madrid or Chelsea at the end of the season and maintained he will see out his contract, which will keep him at the Bundesliga champions for the next three years.
“I have a contract until 2016,” Klopp told the London Evening Standard.
“I have said 20 times I’ll definitely stay until 2016.
“Everybody thinks I say it but that if a club like Chelsea or Real Madrid come in for me, I will go.
“This is something I can’t change but they will see.”