Klopp warns Monchengladbach: Injury-hit Dortmund still a formidable force

Die Schwarzgelben will again be without the likes of Marco Reus and Jakub Blaszczykowski but the 46-year-old trainer has taken great heart out of last week's win at Freiburg

Borussia Dortmund may be currently without a number of key players through injury but coach Jurgen Klopp has warned Borussia Monchengladbach to brace themselves for a battle in Saturday's Bundesliga clash at Signal Iduna Park.

The second-placed Schwarzgelben go into the game shorn of the services of Marco Reus, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Neven Subotic, Sven Bender and Ilkay Gundogan.

However, Klopp has taken great encouragement out of the way in which Dortmund claimed a 1-0 victory at Freiburg last weekend and is expected an equally spirited performance against Gladbach.

"We still have a difficult situation with our injured players, so we can't choose from a full squad," the 46-year-old trainer told reporters on the eve of the game.

"But I'm extremely happy with the way the team has coped with that situation, including last Sunday against Freiburg. We want to repeat that.

"Playing against us on Saturday will be a challenge indeed."

Monchengladbach appear there for the taking, given Lucien Favre's men have gone seven games without a win, but Klopp is taking absolutely nothing for granted against a side he feels is packed with dangerous attacking players.

"They have huge quality," he stated. "Negative results are just a small part of the whole picture.

"At the end of a matchday we look at the table then we see who got points added, but that doesn't affect the strength of a team.

"Juan Arango for example, if you let him shoot that is a mistake. If you let him a shoot a lot, then you make a big mistake.

"Or if you let (Max) Kruse come into a good position, give him space, then you have also made a huge mistake.

"And Raffael is an outstanding player as well – just to name their offensive potential."