Jurgen Klopp has expressed his fears over whether his injury-hit Borussia Dortmund can overcome 1860 Munich in Tuesday's DFB-Pokal tie.
The Schwarzgelben drew 1-1 with Nurnberg on Saturday to continue their unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga, though it was the first time that they have dropped points this campaign and the second successive game that they did not win following their defeat to Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Klopp is wary of the danger that 1860 pose but acknowledged that it would be foolish to consider Dortmund as anything other than favourites ahead of the clash.
"It will be an unpleasant task," he told the club's official website. "1860 Munich are a good team and want to get out of the second division.
"However, we assume the role of being favourites going into the game against the weighty, but at the same time charming, bunch."
The likes of Marco Reus and Marcel Schmelzer are not expected to be fit to feature in Tuesday's tie.