Borussia Dortmund may have been reeled in by Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga table in recent weeks, but according to BVB attacker Jacob Bruun Larsen, that does not mean they are going to give up without a fight in the title race.
Lucien Favre's men were seven points clear as recently as Matchday 20, but just one win in their last four league outings – a period in which they have also drawn two and lost one – has allowed Bayern to pull level at the summit on 54 points. Currently Dortmund are only ahead by virtue of their superior goal difference; plus 31 to Bayern's plus 29.
That untimely slump in form has not altered Dortmund's approach to the season finale, however. "There's only one aim and that's to win the Bundesliga," Bruun Larsen told German news outlet WAZ. "That's the only thing that counts for BVB. The time has come for the team and the club to show that we're together – and we are. We're still in a great position and have lots of opportunities."
Watch: Bruun Larsen's Bundesliga Goal of the Month winner in September 2018
The first of those arrives at home to VfB Stuttgart on Matchday 25, when Dortmund will look to overcome a resurgent visiting side determined to pull clear of the relegation zone. It is a fixture with extra significance for Bruun Larsen, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the Swabian outfit before returning to Dortmund for what has been his breakthrough campaign.
The 20-year-old Dane joined BVB in 2015, but given the fierce competition for places in attacking midfield, he only made one Bundesliga appearance for the first team prior to this season. Under Favre's guidance, however, he has become a regular in the matchday squads, starting 12 of 17 league outings this terms – often keeping Christian Pulisic and Mario Götze out of the side - as well as scoring two and providing one assist.