4 Reasons Why Dortmund Could pip Bayern for the Bundesliga title this season!!!
2012 was the last time that Borrusia Dortmund lifted the Bundesliga title. Bayern has been in impeccable form ever since and one each season thereafter. After having undergone certain serious changes in management and having acquired new faces to represent the black and yellow the teams looks set to begin a new chapter. Here are 4 reasons why they can beat Bayern to the Bundesliga title this season:-
Even though they lost perhaps the most promising youngster in their ranks yesterday, i.e. , Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona who are looking for a possible replacement for Neymar, the board has taking prominent steps at strengthening the core and depth of the team with major signings such as veteran Omar Toprak and youngsters Maximilian Philip and Mahmoud Dahoud. These acquisitions will certainly improve the balance of the team and will also serve as a means of healthy competition within the camp to get into the starting 11. The last couple of seasons has been injury engulfed for the club as key players such as Marco Reus, Mario Gotze and Andre Shurrle have been out of action for significant periods of time in the season. The new signings will add to the much-needed bench strength that will be required to go all the way in the Bundesliga season 17/18.
New Head Coach
Dortmund has acquired the services of Peter Bosz from Ajax after parting ways with Tomas Tuchel under whom Dortmund won the DFB Pokal cup and finished 2nd in the Bundesliga. From the highly pressing, attacking and fast tempo football that had made become synonymous with their name under Jurgen Klopp, Thomas was instrumental in giving the team a balance with a more possession based style of football. Peter Bosz on the other hand, under whom Ajax made it to the Europa league final in his only year in-charge there is regarded as a mix of both. On the one hand, he allows the players the freedom of the pitch with a flexible approach which even allows the defenders to venture up field once in a while; he prefers a patient approach at reclaiming possession by expecting the team to stand back while the opponent in on the ball on the other. The change could do Dortmund good as goal scoring haven’t been their problem in the last 2 seasons but clean sheets have been a rare sight.
On song Aubameyang
The winner of the Bundesliga top scorer award last season, formally called “kicker Torjägerkanone” was at his devastating best throughout the last season piping competitor Robert Lewandowski by 1 goal; scoring 31 goals in 32 matches which are almost a goal a match. With speculation that he might be leaving this season, there were numerous concerns regarding who his replacement would be and how the team will cover up for a number of goals he gives them every season. However, as the transfer window inches closer towards the end, the rumours have died and looks like the Dortmund faithful can expect another roller coaster of a season from the Gabon international. Linking up with Gotze and Shurrlle who is soon expected to be back from injuries, the team will form a formidable attack to make any team’s defence crumble.
Polished Young Talent
The season 2016-17 was the year when the young guns of Dortmund proved their worth and sent a resounding message to the world. In defence, Eric Durm and Raphael Guerrero came up the ranks and showed that they had the calibre to go toe to toe with the best strikers in the league. Julian Weigl and Christian Pulisic was a revelation in the centre of the field, displaying their versatility and goal scoring prowess and removing all doubt as to whether they have the potential to surpass their predecessors. Emre Mor was a part of the team often enough for an 18-year-old who had the passion and lust for scoring as one would expect from a rising young striker. With a year of experience in the top flight under their belt; their performances are only going to rise in quality in the coming season.