In this article I want to talk about German side Borussia Dortmund, discussing whether or not that has improved since their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich in 2013.
Since that devastating game at Wembley, Dortmund have gone four years without winning a single cup and have always been in the shadow of German giants Bayern Munich – who have won 9 cups since Dortmund’s last one. In the 2013/14 season, they finished 2nd under Jürgen Klopp. They finished 19 points behind Bayern Munich who did the domestic double that year. During that summer they then went and lost talisman Robert Lewandowski and playmaker Mario Götze to Bayern.
The 2014/15 season was one of the worst any Dortmund fan had ever experienced. In the middle of March, Dortmund was 16th and battling relegation, but Klopp got his team together and gave a public apology to their loyal fans in front of the famous yellow wall. This was the turnaround Dortmund needed, and in the last two months, they were only beaten once. In a very tight league come May they finished 7th and grabbed a Europa League place. However, this wasn’t enough for the popular Klopp to keep his job. He resigned and went to Liverpool in England.
The 2015/16 season saw the arrival of a managerial new boy, Thomas Tuchel, who is a bright young prospect from Germany. Tuchel took to the yellow wall straight away, and they clicked. He kick-started careers such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored 25 goals in 34 games, and progressed careers such as Marco Rues who is no longer an out and out winger but can now play up front scoring more goals. He had also played a significant influence in getting Dortmund back up the Bundesliga. They finished 2nd, just 10 points behind Bayern Munich again.
In Europe, Dortmund hasn’t had much success, and although they are climbing the table domestically, in Europe they are declining. Since coming runners up, they have been knocked out in the quarter-finals twice in the champion’s league. They have also been knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Europa League by Liverpool.
This season they currently sit 3rd in the Bundesliga but are still 13 points behind Bayern Munich. They have surpassed the group stage in the Champions’ League and face Benfica in the round of 16. This is a time when Dortmund needs to make a statement showing they are still a force because now they have quality players but aren’t showing it to the world.