Borussia Dortmund’s midfield maestro Axel Witsel has insisted that his side will take care of their own business rather than worrying about defending champions Bayern Munich.
“Of course we are ready,” he told bundesliga.com after Saturday’s win in Leipzig. “We are still first, but, for us, we’re going to play game-by-game like we did from the first game of the season.”
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Witsel‘s last league goal came on his Bundesliga debut – in a 4-1 victory over Leipzig on Matchday 1 – and his latest effort ensured Lucien Favre’s men answered the first challenge of the new year from Bayern.
“We’re the hunters, and want to hunt them,” Kovac said. “I don’t care when we overtake them – the crucial thing is we end up on top.”
Bayern have now won six league games in a row as they look to win the Bundesliga title for the seventh year in succession. But Dortmund will have the chance to test Bayern’s nerve on Matchday 19.
Witsel & Co. host second bottom Hannover next Saturday, meaning that they could open up a nine-point gap over second place before Bayern’s next game. The defending champions welcome third-from-bottom VfB Stuttgart to Munich on Sunday.