Mario Gotze has made it clear that Borussia Dortmund has not given up on the Bundesliga title just yet, despite the fact that the club is already trailing table-topper Bayern Munich by nine points after seven games.
The reigning champion has been struggling to find its best form in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign, but Gotze remains positive and has urged his teammates to focus on their own performances, and then hope Bayern slips up at some point.
"Bayern have a significant lead, but we can still catch up with them. They're not unassailable yet," Gotze stated to Bild. "We have no reason to fear them. We will keep on trying to win our own games. We will have to wait and see how everything else pans out."
Dortmund was trailing Bayern by eight points at some point last season before eventually beating the club to the title, but Gotze has insisted this is no guarantee his team will pull off a similar comeback.
"Every season is different. We cannot just say, 'Right, this is where we start a series of victories'," he said. "We can only blame ourselves for this situation. We have made mistakes. However, we are on the right path again."
Dortmund resumes match action at home against Schalke after the international break.
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