Can Borussia Dortmund stop Bayern’s domination?


The biggest question of the Bundesliga this season is can Bayern Munich’s dominance finally be broken by its nearest competitor Borussia Dortmund?Or for a fifth consecutive season the Bavarians will raise the Bundesliga title?Last season the Bavarians took both the Bundesliga title and the DFB Pokal in front of the Borussen.In the Bundesliga race last season the Bavarians took their 26th Bundesliga and a 4th consecutive title in front of the Borussen by 10 points,in fact the Borussen lead the Bundesliga table only from matchday 2 to matchday 5 and from that point it was only Bayern which without any difficulties established the dominance thorugh the rest of the season.Borussia’s critical moments how they lost the Bundesliga title last season came with back-to-back draws against Darmstadt and Hoffenheim in late September (2-2,1-1),coupled with a disastrous 5-1 defeat against the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena, which doomed the hopes of stopping the Bavarians from another Bundesliga title.The rest of the 2015-16 Borussia played well by winning 24 of the 34 Bundesliga matches and collecting in total 78 points which was ten less than Bayern.And then there was the DFB Pokal final which Borussia made for a third consecutive year but again it left empty handed when it lost in a penalty shootout against the Bavarians which was also the last match of Pepe Guardiola on the bench of the Bavarians before his depature to Manchester City.The two clubs have so much history between each other that they form the Klassiker which is the biggest derby in German football which pits the two most successful clubs in Germany.Both Bayern and Borussia won the UEFA Champions League,Borussia won only once in 1997 against Juventus at Bayern’s former Olympiastadion,while the Bavarians have collected 5 Champions League titles with the last one in 2013 when in the final against the Borussen in London.Both of the clubs won Bundesliga titles with the Bavarians being the record Bundesliga champion with 26 Bundesliga titles against Borussia’s 8,also the Bavarians hold a record of winning DFB Pokals-18 against Borussia’s 3 which the last one came in 2012 when the Borrusen defeated the Bavarians 5-2 in the final in Berlin.Bayern is also financially more successful than Borussia and it can afford to buy expensive and world class players as well as its academy program which produced the likes of Thomas Muller,Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phillip Lahm,while Borussia’s philosophy comes from a combination of scouting,buying cheap players from lesser known leagus and the academy program.However the rivalry between the two goes into the transfer market since Bayern in recent years has bought players from its biggest tival.In 2013 the Bavarians bought Mario Gotze which its transfer from Borussia to Bayern angered the fans of Borussia,again in 2014 happened the same when Borussia’s star forward Robert Lewandowski who scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinal went to Munich to sign for Bayern while Borussia’s former midfielder and one of the legends of the club Matthias Sammer became in 2012 the Sporting Director of the Bavarians.In order to fuel the flame of the rivalry there was a speculation that Jugern Klopp who managed the Borussen for 8 seasons and brought them back to the top of German football was interested to take over the bench of the Bavarians,however Klopp took over the bench of Liverpool in the middle of last season,but he might take over Bayern’s bench one day.As another season began and it is in its earliest stages only the actors changed.Carlo Ancelotti who coached AC Milan,Chelsea,Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid took over the bench of the Bavarians after Guardiola’s departure from the club.With that in Munich arrived the lastest steal from the Borussen-Mats Hummels who grew up in Bayern’s youth ranks but spent seven seasons in the BVB until this summer when he returned,while Mario Gotze who left Borussia in 2013 for the Bavarians returned in Dortmund.During the summer Bayern only aquired Renato Sanches and Hummels,while Borussia has strenghted its squad with the returning Gotze and Raphael Guerreiro,Ousmane Dembele,Andre Schurrle and Marc Bartra while lost Gundogan to Manchester City,Mkihtaryan to Manchester United and Hummels to Bayern,with the squad of the last season remaining untouched.Both clubs started the season explosive with Borussia suffering a minimal 1-0 defeat against the promoted RB Leipzig in matchday 2 which has awoke the club to such heights that in the next four matches they scored in total 20 goals and conceded only 2 which included two consecutive trouncing in the Bundesliga against Darmstadt and Wolfsburg (6-0,5-1) and a 0-6 trouncing in the Champions League against Legia Warsaw,while Bayern began its campaign with five consecutive victories in the Bundesliga which included a 6-0 trouncing of Werder Bremen in the first match of the new season at home and a 5-1 trouncing of Rostov in the Champions League.The first derby between the Bavarians and the Borussen is scheduled in mid-November at the Westphalen and it will be a real test to the question of this seasons Bundesliga can finally Borussia Dortmund finally stop the dominance of Bayern Munich and capture its 9th Bundesliga title?


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