Dortmund have more than enough potential to penetrate the European elite. And if they do so, they will do it in the knowledge that they have bucked a trend.
One of the main orchestrators behind the recent resurrection and makeover of the German national team, Sammer has taken over from Christian Nerlinger.
There is some concern in Germany that Bayern do not become guilty of underestimating Chelsea ahead of this month’s Champions League Final. Those in West London should be equally wary of making the same mistake.
For a long time now, it has been one of Dortmund’s worst kept secrets: Mario Götze belongs to an elite group of young European players who are coveted by almost every single one the continent’s major clubs.
Higher attendances, less debt, and more exciting competition. The arguments of those who relentlessly promote the Bundesliga Way of Life are fast becoming clichéd. Perhaps, though, the cynics should lend a reluctant ear.
The Bundesliga is often lauded as the league that gets it right. Its relative financial equality and unrivalled competitiveness are testimony to the strength of a book from which the corrupt, self satisfied controllers of the Premier League would do well to take a leaf.
It was billed as an “all or nothing” game for Borussia Dortmund. After the 2-1 away defeat to Arsenal on Wednesday evening, however, it was a dejected Mats Hummels who conceded that “the likelihood was always greater, that it would be nothing.”
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