Dortmund - There were very few bright spots for Borussia Dortmund amidst one of the club's most difficult Hinrunde in living memory. One small ray of hope for the Signal Iduna Park faithful, however, has been the form of goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak, who established himself as Jürgen Klopp’s number one in inauspicious circumstances, but has vindicated his manager's trust time and again.
"I’ve been really happy with how I’ve done and hopefully things will continue like that moving forward," Langerak told the
World of Football
radio show ahead of Australia’s AFC Asian Cup campaign on home soil. The 26-year-old may be happy with his impressive personal displays, but is more than aware that the form which has led to ten Bundesliga defeats in 17 games is far from acceptable for a club of BVB’s stature.
"It's very important for us as a club that we bounce back and get back to where we belong and that’s the top two or three of the table. We're quite a way from that at the moment," Langerak explained. "We can't put the finger on what’s going wrong." Such a refrain has become a near-daily utterance at
, who lie second bottom of the Bundesliga over the winter break. The Queensland native added that "we've been absolutely terrible away from home." Indeed, seven defeats in nine on the road tell their own story. The club's domestic struggles have been put sharply into focus by the side’s UEFA Champions League form after Langerak and Co. topped Group D with four wins in six games, showcasing the brand of scintillating football which took them to the final of the competition as recently as May 2013. "Our Champions League form is totally different to what’s been happening in the league and no-one understands why," Langerak added, before emphasising his excitement ahead of February’s
'It's something we need to rectify as soon as we can'
For many of Dortmund's stars, the winter break has brought a rest from the intense spotlight, but for the four-time international, the glare has been inescapable. Australia kick off the Asian Cup against Kuwait in Melbourne on 9 January and Langerak is aiming to establish himself as his nation’s number one between the sticks after his displays in the Bundesliga. "Playing regularly is important, but if you’re training well and involved in a good environment then that’s also important." Although the tournament, for which the Socceroos are "one of the favourites", will cause the custodian to miss BVB’s winter training camp in La Manga and potentially the club's first competitive fixture of the new year
on 31 January, Langerak is confident that he and his Dortmund team-mates will turn things around in 2015. "It’s important that we get off to a good start," he explained bullishly. "We’re working hard… It’s something we need to rectify as soon as we can."