The optimism circulating around Borussia Dortmund’s transfers this summer quickly faded away after last weekend’s devastating defeat to RB Leipzig.
Doubts over team chemistry, inexperienced youth, and desire cast over the Dortmund fans. But after 12 goals in two matches this past week, the goal of this summer’s transfer window became clear: preparation for the future.
While it might not pay dividends this year or maybe even next year, it won’t be long before the Dortmund dynasty overtakes the Bundesliga.
Thomas Tuchel and the Dortmund front office is truly ingenious, but how exactly?
Well, Bayern Munich, current kingpin of the Bundesliga has a lot of talent, much of the team’s core group of guys is aging fast. Injuries have already been a factor to players like Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben, and Franck Ribery. While young players like Renato Sanches, Joshua Kimmich, and Julian Green provide optimism for the future, the trio really isn’t terribly spectacular.
Now look at Dortmund. 17-year-old Christian Pulisic is already terrorizing Bundesliga defenses. Emre Mor has shown a lot of promise and scored on his Bundesliga debut. Ousmane Dembele has some serious ball-skills and is quickly becoming a dangerous winger. Raphael Guerreiro can literally play anywhere, and do it well too.
That’s just four in a slew of talented youth players for Dortmund that will soon be coming to the four front. The academy is overflowing with talent. And the teenagers not only breaking into the first team but making an impact is a sign of good things to come.
Transfers for players like Mario Gotze and Andre Schurrle this summer provide a foundation of age, experience, and skill. With Aubameyang continuing to score at will, this Dortmund squad is definitely one to look out for in the next few years.
Whether they get the title this season or not, Dortmund have shown this past week that there is nothing that can stand in their way except themselves.
I’ll even admit that after last week, I felt a bit apprehensive about this team. I certainly didn’t have the feeling that Dortmund’s season was over or that the Tuch-pocalypse was upon us.
With a young team like Dortmund, a couple of wins like this week’s can really instill confidence in a team. Besides, it was unlikely anyway that Dortmund would go into Leipzig on their team’s home Bundesliga debut and come away with a win. A tie would’ve been above expectations truthfully.
With 31 matches to go in a long season, including two against Bayern, Dortmund have plenty of time to rise in the table. So for those doubters who thought the season ended last week...buckle up because Dortmund’s dynasty is about to begin.