Julian Brandt does not see a lack of motivation and willingness to work as the cause of Borussia Dortmund’s recent mediocre performances.

National team player Julian Brandt does not see a lack of motivation and willingness to work as the cause of Borussia Dortmund’s recent mediocre performances in the Bundesliga.

“I believe that the basic motivation is in everyone. I think it differs in the expression of one or the other. Everyone shows it differently,” Brandt said on Sky: “Despite all that, I don’t know if it’s such a motivational issue.”

The attacking player sees his club, which has slipped to eighth in the Bundesliga, rather facing “a lot of opposition in all forms”.

“Whether it’s a team that is deep at the back, whether it’s aggressive, whether it’s a team like Manchester City in the Champions League, who of course attack extremely well. And that constant resistance over 90 minutes,” said the 26-year-old: “I think that’s an extreme issue with us at the moment. Besides the footballing qualities, which we have to slowly try to bring back on the pitch.”

Brandt also called for a renewed focus on the “fun factor”. “We have to let the spark jump over to the fans again. And I think those are the two really big pillars where we really have to pay attention,” he said: “And of course, it’s not like we’re going to make a huge leap overnight. But step by step we have to succeed again.