Jarolim: Doll not to blame

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Hamburg midfielder David Jarolim has backed under-fire coach Thomas Doll, despite admitting the severity of the club's plight.

Doll's team have won just once in 18 attempts this campaign - a run which sees the club hovering just above the relegation places, while their UEFA Champions League hopes have also been dashed.

Jarolim claims he has never experienced a similar loss of form before in his career and believes the blame for poor results lies not with Doll, but with the players.

"It is really bad what has been happening to us. I have never experienced such a bad situation. If we played badly, I would have understood it," Jarolim told Pravo.

A 1-1 home draw against Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend heightened Hamburg's frustrations.

"We were clearly the better team against Monchengladbach and against Stuttgart a week before as well. However we have won neither of those matches," added the 27-year-old.

"Logically we must be mentally down, even though we have a good and experienced team.

"No one supposes we could be relegated but the reality is we are in a relegation battle.

"It is just unbelievable after last season's success.

"It is normal in such a situation there have been discussions about changing the coach, but I have to say the problem is not Mr Doll.

"He prepares us well - it is simply up to us."