The gap between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has widened after Pep Guardiola’s side claimed the DFB Pokal this weekend, winning 2-0 after extra time.
The only accolade Jürgen Klopp’s side have picked up this year is the German Super Cup at the beginning of the season whereas their rivals have retained their Bundesliga crown and the German Cup as well as winning the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
It took Munich over 110 minutes to break the deadlock as Arjen Robben continued to torment Dortmund by stabbing home the opener – his eighth goal of the competition, and then Thomas Muller rounded the keeper to seal the win in the final minutes.
Although Dortmund have a lot of loyal fans and in fact have the largest average attendance in Europe, this season they have been blown away by Bayern as they took the quickest league title in German history. They were crowned champions of Germany with seven games to go – one better than last year under Heynckes. Dortmund eventually finished 19 points off the pace.
Klopp continued to show his raw emotion on the touchline last night as his side were continually frustrated by the solid Bayern back-line. They were also denied a goal just after the hour mark when a header from Mats Hummels appeared to have crossed the line but the referee decided against it. Replays did show that the ball crossed the line, however Hummels was offside.
Just two years ago, Dortmund were celebrating after winning the league for the second successive year and they also claimed the German Cup. Their time at the top didn’t last long, however, for Bayern fans it seems as if this era of dominance is set to continue under their mastermind coach Guardiola, who may have had disagreements with the board after their Champions League exit, but has still won four trophies in his first season. That’s 18 trophies in five years as a coach.
Whether success will return to the Signal Iduna Park next year remains highly doubtful, with Bayern strengthening their squad whilst Borussia are losing their stars. They have already lost Robert Lewandowski to their arch rivals as he joins Guardiola at the Allianz on July 1. Hummels has been linked with a move to Barcelona as they look to strengthen their back-line and Marco Reus could be tempted to join Manchester United as their incoming manager, Louis Van Gaal, looks to rejuvenate the former kings of English football.
Klopp has committed his future to the club after ruling himself out of any jobs elsewhere and so will need to make some more lucrative signings this summer if they are to catch their rivals who are heading over the horizon.
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