This article was written by Sam Sneddon. Follow him on Twitter (@samjsneddon) and Instagram (@samjsneddon).
If you didn't already know, Borussia Dortmund finished third last season in the Bundesliga, behind RB Leipzig and five-time consecutive Champions, Bayern Munich. This, of course, is a big disappointment for BVB.
It’s a brand new season and that means a lot, especially after this crazy transfer window - one that's not even finished yet. In this article I'm going to take a look at Dortmund, who are widely considered as Germany’s second best team, and discuss how they might perform in the 2017/18 season.
Dortmund’s biggest rivals, Bayern Munich (who have won the Bundesliga a staggering 27 times) have dominated them in a fair few of their recent meetings. Bayern have taken two wins and one draw from the four most recent Bundesliga fixtures between the two sides. And the wins were very convincing - they won one of the games 5-1, and the other 4-1. Those score-lines show the difference between Bayern and Dortmund and how big the gap is between the two sides.
We should also look at Red Bull Leipzig, who finished as runners-up last season. In terms of head-to-head games between Dortmund and Leipzig, they both got three points each from the two Bundesliga fixtures (both games finished 1-0). They were pretty even on the pitch, and the league table was further evidence to show just how similar the two sides were.
At the start of the season we could never had expected Dortmund and Leipzig to finish so close to each other in the league table, but it happened. This season will be a different matter, though, at least that’s what I think; my predicted (and expected) finish for Borussia Dortmund in the 2017/18 season is 2nd. The reason for this is all down to their mentality. I think they’ll be much more focused following the sale of wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele, and their new signings should help boulster their options.
Ousmane Dembele left Dortmund to sign with Barcelona for a fee of £135m (including add-ons). He has been terrific for Dortmund since signing last summer and was bought by Barca as a replacement for Neymar (who left for a world-record fee to PSG). Barcelona were already eyeing up Coutinho, who Liverpool have so far rejected offers for, and Kylian Mbappe, who now looks set to move to PSG just like Neymar.
The sale of Dembele could be considered a loss for Dortmund, but with £135m in the bank I’m sure they can find a replacement. They’ve already made a few good signings so far with players like Mahmoud Dahoud and Dan-Axel Zagadou signing for BVB. If they are to make a last-minute signing or two before the transfer window shuts with the money that they made from Dembele, that could make all the difference in them being able to clutch a second place finish this season. They are definitely not strong enough to finish ahead of Bayern, though. At least. not yet...
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