Borussia Dortmund lost again in the Bundesliga on Saturday, as Hannover 96 won, 1-0, at Signal Iduna Park, prompting central defender Mats Hummels to claim that his team is “running out of explanations.” Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s men have now fallen to 15th-place in Germany’s first division, just one point above the relegation zone, after taking a single point from their last six league games.
"We are slowly running out of explanations," Hummels said after the loss. "We were not the inferior side in any match, and in spite of that just lose one match after another. That's beyond explanation.” He added: “I believe that what we have targeted before the season can no longer be achieved."
On Monday, some German media outlets took these comments as the strongest sign yet that all is not well inside the BVB locker room. While Ruhr Nachrichten described his comments as a “strong warning signal,” Bild said the club has a “Hummels problem”, describing his comments as “evidence that he is not suited to the captaincy.”
As ESPN points out, the club’s terrible domestic form is in stark contrast to its European performances, where three wins out of three have left the BVB in first-place at the top of UEFA Champions League Group D.