Klopp can bring Glory to Dortmund this year.
Despite a loss to Napoli in the opening game of the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund are a force to be reckoned with.
Last year’s finalists are in sparkling form domestically, with a 100% record so far this term. But according to Sky Bet, Jurgen Klopp’s men are way down the list in seventh, when it comes to who is favourite to lift the Champions League trophy.
Here are five reason’s why BVB will go one step further this year and capture the Champions League.
1) New blood
The departure of Mario Gotze to Champions Bayern Munich has done little to stem Dortmund’s momentum domestically, racking up five straight wins in the Bundesliga. Gotze’s replacements Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been firing on all cylinders, bagging eight goals between them in the opening games of the season.
Watch Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan make their mark in the Bundesliga in Dortmund’s 6-2 thrashing of Hamburg:
2) Jurgen Klopp
Though he will now be banned from the touchline for at least one game, in Klopp Dortmund have a head-coach who is capable of taking them to next level, having already demonstrated his ability with two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final. Klopp has all the ingredients to wrestle the title away from Munich.
While Klopp is primarily a trainer, he is known for completely transforming players by putting them into a new position. Former winger now right-back Lukasz Piszczek and playmaker now fulcrum Ilkay Gundogan are just two players he has transformed. Shinji Kagawa was also undoubtably more effective under Klopp than he has been under Sir Alex Ferguson or David Moyes at Old Trafford.
3) Building on last year’s success
The Yellow and Black were most definitely the underdogs last season, and maybe that was a cause for their success, This year, opponents will know what to expect but having reached the final once, the squad will have the confidence to do so again.
Their so far perfect domestic form is clear evidence that Klopp’s side have learnt from last year’s successes, and he is continuing to add to and improve a side that was already within touching distance of a Champions League victory.
4) Robert Lewandowski
Since joining in 2010, the Polish striker has averaged just under a goal every two games, retaining his services was a key job for Klopp over the summer and having succeeded in doing so, Dortmund can begin their tilt on Europe with one of Europe’s’ finest strikers on board.
He hit over 30 goals in last season’s Bundesliga and has already notched up four goals in five games this time around.
Watch a selection of his best goals below:
5) They manged to negotiate a tough group last year
A tough group has both it’s advantages and disadvantages: a weak group means an easy pass into the last 16 and a fresher squad, but a tough group means your already playing at the top of your game whatever is thrown at you in the round of 16, won’t be harder than what you’ve already endured..
Dortmund were unbeaten in last year’s group stages in a group consisting of Ajax, Real Madrid and Manchester City. This year’s draw of Arsenal, Marseille and Napoli was only marginally kinder to them.
You can watch a video detailing how Dortmund got to Wembley last year below: