Hummels plays down Favre reports

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Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels says he has no problem with head coach Lucien Favre despite recent reports.

The Dortmund boss is under immense pressure after a poor run of results during November saw them slip away from the Bundesliga title picture.

Defeats to Bayern Munich and a draw with Paderborn saw them drop down the table, while they also lost 3-1 to Barcelona in the Champions League.

Favre’s men are now third in Group F and they will need Barcelona to stop Inter Milan if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition.

Dortmund returned to winning ways at the weekend after they beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 but Hummels saw red in that match after receiving two yellow cards.

The relationship between Hummels and Favre has reportedly been ‘fractured’ since the 3-3 draw with Paderborn in November.

Hummels appeared to criticise the team’s tactics during the post-match interview but the former Bayern Munich ace has denied there are problems in the camp.

He told Sport Bild: “There are no differences with the coach, this is nonsense. We have a very good relationship and we talk a lot, we talk a lot.

“I like his ideas, I am very surprised if they interpret my words as criticising the coach. I do not think so at all. If we have to press and press, my opinion is that we are better in this system.

“I feel that the coach had the same impression against Paderborn. Otherwise, he would not have switched to it.”

Favre may lose his job if Dortmund do not improve their fortunes before the winter break. They face Fortuna Dusseldorf, Slavia Prague, Mainz, RB Leipzig and Hoffenheim before the end of December.

The 62-year-old, now in his second season as Dortmund coach, guided the German giants to second place last term.

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