Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his side are in need of the winter break after their 2-1 home loss to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
The Bundesliga giants have suffered from a spate of injuries throughout the first half of the season and currently sit 12 points adrift of Bayern Munich, having played a game more.
Saturday's loss was their third home defeat in the league on the bounce and Klopp is looking forward to being able to recuperate after their spectacular loss of form.
"Something which started very well has ended quite miserably. And that's the way if feels like now," he told Sky Deutschland.
"We're in need of the break. But it's us who are responsible and we must think about some things."
Reflecting on the match, Klopp said that his side failed to rise to the occasion after Sami Allagui's goal, which gave Hertha the lead on the stroke of half time.
"The reaction to the second goal was not good, it must be said," the 46-year-old added.
"We let Hertha come back completely unnecessarily."