'We'll deal with pressure': Kimmich defiant as Bayern falls seven points behind

Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund's winner 17 minutes from time as it twice came from behind to move further clear of Bayern, which remains third in the table.

Joshua Kimmich believes Bayern Munich can handle the pressure of going behind in the Bundesliga title race.   -  AFP

Joshua Kimmich insisted faltering Bayern Munich “can deal with the pressure” after a 3-2 defeat at Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund on Saturday left it seven points off the top and coach Niko Kovac under increasing scrutiny.

“If there's anyone who doesn't get what is at stake here, then they'll never get it,” said defender Kimmich.

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“The thing that we absolutely wanted to avoid has happened.”

Paco Alcacer scored Dortmund's winner 17 minutes from time as it twice came from behind to move further clear of Bayern, which remains third in the table.

The result piled the pressure on Kovac whose side's chances of winning a seventh straight title in his first season in charge suffered another blow.

Bayern could even drop to fourth on Sunday if RB Leipzig wins at home to Bayer Leverkusen.

“We need to make sure we don't completely lose touch with the top,” added Kimmich.

“We are seven points behind Dortmund and Leipzig can still overtake us. The pressure is on us, but we can deal with it.”

The Bavarian giant has now lost three of its last six Bundesliga games after defeats by Hertha Berlin and Borussia Moenchengladbach, and managed just eight points from the last 21 available.

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“We allowed ourselves to be beaten twice on the counter, that shouldn't have happened,” fumed Kovac.

“We should have been more compact and unfortunately we lost a game which should have been a draw. We invited Dortmund to come and press us.”

Lucien Favre's Dortmund remains unbeaten and four points clear of second-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach.

'Crazy game'

After Robert Lewandowski twice gave Bayern the lead at Signal Iduna Park against his former club, Dortmund captain Marco Reus hit two equalisers before substitute Alcacer struck in the 73rd minute.

Lewandowski had two goals disallowed in the second half -- including one in added time -- to the delight of the home crowd.

Favre admitted he was relieved to go into the break only 1-0 down after Bayern dominated the first half.

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“We couldn't keep the ball, it was very intensive and I have rarely seen Bayern so strong in the first 30 minutes, it was hard for us,” said Favre.

“I was happy to only go in 1-0 in the break, as I knew it would be impossible for them to maintain that tempo. It was a crazy game and a super advert for the Bundesliga.”

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