Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin has given up on winning this season's Bundesliga title, arguing that leaders Bayern Munich are "just too far away".
Jurgen Klopp's men had to come from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim on Saturday, a result which saw them fall 12 points behind their Bavarian rivals, who defeated Hamburg at the Allianz Arena.
Sahin admitted afterwards that third-placed Dortmund have already left themselves with too much to do in terms of winning the title.
"I do not think that anyone among us is so naive to still hope to compete with Bayern," the midfielder is quoted as saying by Ruhr Nachrichten.de. "They're just too far away."
Sahin added that Dortmund were deservedly punished for their profligacy against Hoffenheim.
“If you score two goals away from home, you are normally doing quite well," the Turkey international is quoted as saying by his club's official website.
"But we conceded two totally unnecessary goals in the first half, and so we first had to find a way back into the game.
"We had plenty of chances to score more goals, and we only have ourselves to blame for not taking them. We, the entire team, must find ourselves again, and then we will bounce back for sure."