Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel admits his team is facing somewhat of an injury crisis, but says that they will look to end TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's unbeaten streak nonetheless.
Julian Nagelsmann's side occupy sixth place in the Bundesliga table and along with La Liga giants Real Madrid – they are the only unbeaten in Europe.
After battling relegation last season, Hoffenheim appear rejuvenated and have registered six wins and eight draws in their first Bundesliga 14 matches
BVB will be without the services of Erik Durm, Marc Bartra, Raphael Guerreiro, Gonzalo Castro, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lukasz Piszczek all owing to injury, but Tuchel is positive his team can do what no other German team has managed to do in the league thus far this season.
"We had to pay tribute to the high intensity of the last couple of weeks," he told ESPN.
"We dare to become the first team to beat Hoffenheim in Bundesliga."
Commenting on the injury doubts for the Hoffenheim clash, he added: "Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Gonzalo Castro and Sebastian Rode suffered injuries from fouls sustained in their 1-1 draw against Cologne on the previous Matchday.
"Sven Bender is in a fantastic condition. Though, if everyone else was fit it would be reasonable not to play him.
"But we might have no other choice than to be a bit unreasonable."
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