Pep Guardiola joining Bayern Munich could signal the end of Borussia Dortmund’s recent dominance over German football.
Borussia Dortmund are the current German champions and one of the underdogs to win the Champions League. They have enjoyed a little bit of dominance in the Bundesliga which is now being threatened by the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Here are five things they must not allow to happen if they want to stay at and compete at the same level as their German rivals.
The most obvious thing they can’t allow to happen is having several key players leave the club this summer in the same way they lost Shinji Kagawa last year. Several midfield and attacking stars have been linked with moves to the Premier League but the only way Dortmund can survive is by adding to that core group over taking players away from it, and losing Lewandowski to Bayern is a big no-no.
Jurgen Klopp is being tipped as a favourite to take the manager’s job at Chelsea once Rafa Benitez’s temporary period is over, something he has rebutted, but Manchester City may come calling too. Dortmund cannot allow this to happen because this is Klopp’s team and these are Klopp’s players. Yes Dortmund have slipped off the pace but there are few managers in Germany who are as charismatic and energetic.
This may sound like a cliché point to make but Dortmund have to stick to their guns and retain a playing style which they are used to and comfortable with. If Klopp tries to pre-empt Guardiola too much to try and stay at the same level as Bayern Munich then the team could slip even further off the pace in an Arsenal replica.
Dortmund will have their eye on several players that Guardiola may like to sign when he becomes Bayern boss. These will be players who can make a difference in all areas of the team. Dortmund have an advantage because they can act and start on the ground work of various transfers before Pep has even got off the plan in Munich.
Again, another cliché point but if Dortmund’s supporters start to lose faith in the club and the team it will demoralise them and this has the impact of damaging the way the team plays. Dortmund are one of the most well supported clubs in Germany and they will need that aggressive, violent atmosphere which only their fans can create if they are to beat Guardiola’s Bayern team.
Do you think Dortmund will keep up?
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