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2020/2021

Borussia Dortmund

In


Jude Bellingham (mid) Birmingham; Emre Can (mid) Juventus - loan made permenant; Thomas Meunier (def) PSG; Reinier (mid) Real Madrid - on loan; Felix Passlack (def) Fortuna Sittard - end of loan; Marius Wolf (mid) Hertha BSC - end of loan; Sergio Gomez SD Huesca - end of loan;

Out


Omer Toprak (def) Werder Bremen; Dzenis Burnic (mid) FC Heidenheim; Leonardo Balerdi (sp) (def) Marseille - on loan; Mario Gotze (sp) (att) - released; Eric Oelschlagel (gk) - released; Andre Schurrle (att) - retired; Achraf Hakimi (r) (def) Real Madrid - end of loan;

Last season was another in which Dortmund came runners-up to Bayern Munich, however, having run the champions close the previous year, they were no match for their counterparts this time around. The reason for this was their mixed results in the first-half of the campaign, coupled with their questionable commitment in some outings. Dortmund have stuck with boss Lucien Favre despite him coming under pressure on occasions last season, though there were definite signs of improvements after the Covid-break. In the close season Dortmund have secured a permanent deal for Emre Can, which will be seen as a big plus, speculation still surrounds the departure of Jadon Sancho but, if they can keep the winger for another season, it will be a big boost. Looking to England for fresh young talent has been a good way of working for the club and they have now recruited Jude Bellingham from Birmingham. Attacking midfielder Reinier has also joined on loan from Real Madrid, while defender Thomas Meunier from PSG will provide plenty of experience. There is still plenty of other talent in the ranks with Erling Haaland being talked about as one of the hottest strikers around, while Marco Reus continues to be a big player in the midfield. This will again make Dortmund a frightening prospect going forward and plenty of goals will be on the agenda.

Target


Title challenge. There is no doubt Dortmund have the ability to push for the title but, in order to do so, they must improve defensively, they conceded 41 times last term and that’s what cost them. The mentality, especially against the lesser teams will also need to be addressed.

Season Review
2019/2020

№2: Borussia Dortmund

Another season where Dortmund were good, but not good enough. After a messy first half of the campaign, they emerged as the closest challengers to league leaders Bayern. However, the eventual winners from Munich were yet again too strong for Dortmund. Dortmund’s performance was carried by their strong second half of the campaign with only 4 defeats and 13 wins. Disregarding the final Hoffenheim game, they merely conceded 13 goals in 16 games. Moreover, clever transfers during the winter break such as the purchases of Emre Can and Erling Håland (13 goals in 15 games) to complement top scorer Jadon Sancho have aided Dortmund’s game a lot. However, Dortmund were haunted by an attitude problem throughout the season. Especially, in the first half of the campaign they failed to win against beatable opponents such as Frankfurt due to the players’ lack of focus. This problem was augmented by shaky performances in the back before the winter break. Some have pointed to coach Lucien Favre as the problem. He has been blamed for a lack of motivational energy. Some see this as the source of Dortmund’s defensive and self-conscious performances in important games such as the clashes with Bayern, both of which they lost. However, not least thanks to the 2019/20 season, Favre has now emerged as the Dortmund coach with the highest average point score of all previous BVB coaches. Dortmund will thus continue with Favre when they will yet again try to topple Bayern in 2020/21. Whatever the team’s lack of motivation in certain matches is blamed on, they will first have to tackle this problem in order to be serious candidates for silverware.


Player of the Season: Erling Håland

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