Werder Bremen sport director Klaus Allofs admits his team are facing a crisis following Tuesday's home loss to Bayer Leverkusen.
The defeat left last season's Bundesliga runners-up struggling in 10th place in the current table.
And Allofs has expressed his frustration at the poor start to the campaign.
"I am not afraid to use the word 'crisis'," he told the German press.
"We simply have too few points to achieve the goals that we set for ourselves at the start of the season.
"We are currently experiencing a trend that is going in the wrong direction. A lot of things aren't happening in the team that are usual for us.
"I hope this is just a temporary thing and that it will be business as usual soon. But at the moment there is no point in us looking at the table - first of all we have to work hard to improve our game.
"There's no point in talking about winning the league if we lose at home like this."
Bremen continue their Bundesliga campaign at home to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Allofs confirmed that Clemens Fritz has signed a new contract.
The 27-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at the weekend keeping him at the Weserstadion until 2012.
"Clemens is a very important player for Werder and has fought his way into the national team during his time here," Allofs commented.
"He is not only important on the pitch, but his personality off of it also suits us very well."
Fritz joined Bremen from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 and has made a total of 62 Bundesliga appearances for the north German outfit.