Summary

  • Götze looks ahead to a promising Rückrunde.
  • World Cup winner believes BVB can iron out the creases in Marbella.
  • EURO 2016 winner Raphael Guerreiro returns to full team training.

Borussia Dortmund's training camp in Marbella will target correcting the finer points of an encouraging season so far, according to World Cup winner Mario Götze.

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It is the former FC Bayern München forward's second training camp since returning to Dortmund, and while the first – in the summer – was geared towards upping the team's fitness levels, Götze says this one is going into greater detail about what BVB were lacking at the end of 2016.

The Westphalians start 2017 three points adrift of the top three following a frustrating run of draws to end 2016. Götze says Borussia must target a third-placed finish at the very least, and the hard work in southern Spain is intended to ensure they are best placed to recover lost ground when the league season resumes in just under a fortnight.

"We've got some high hopes," Götze said to the assembled press in Marbella. "We played well [in the Hinrunde], apart from a few moments where we dropped points here and there, but I hope we can now work on those things. We're looking forward to the second half of the season."

Götze training in Marbella in front of the club motto 'echte Liebe' - 'true love' © imago / DeFodi

He may only be 24, but Memmingen-born Götze is one of the most experienced members of one of the youngest squads in the Bundesliga, and he considers it his duty to take a leading role in the team.

"With all I've experienced, I see myself as one who wants to take a lot of responsibility, lead the way and help the team with my performances," he said. "I'm happy with how the first six months here have gone. I always look forward and I'm excited about what's still to come this season."

"We all aim to qualify for the Champions League, there are no two ways about that," continued Götze. "We've dropped a few points along the way, but the Bundesliga is our bread and butter and we aim to get the best results we can. Hopefully we will be celebrating in the summer. We've got the DFB Cup and the Champions League and anything can happen, but the Bundesliga is important and we've got to keep things going."

"We want everybody to be fit and healthy and I'm really pleased to have Rafa back" - Mario Götze
Raphael Guerreiro has made his return to full training in Dortmund's Marbella training camp. © imago / DeFodi

The winter break has been a particular boon to Raphael Guerreiro, who returned to full training on Monday for the first time since November, and he is set to strengthen Thomas Tuchel's squad as their Matchday 17 trip to SV Werder Bremen looms.

"Guerreiro will come back stronger from his injury," said Götze, who has recovered from his own fair share of setbacks. "We're delighted to have him back as he's very versatile and he strengthens this team. We want everybody to be fit and healthy and I'm really pleased to have Rafa back."

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