Former Republic of Ireland manager, Giovanni Trapattoni believes that the signing of Ciro Immobile from Italian side Torino will act as a stroke of luck for Borussia Dortmund as they bid to end the monopoly of power set by bitter rivals Bayern Munich, reports Bild.
Borussia Dortmund, who last tasted continental success two years ago when they won both the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal, have been second best to a Bayern side who have since gone on to win eight trophies, compared to BVB’s one.
Indeed, for the majority of last season there were increasing fears that the gap between Bayern and the Westfalenstadion outfit would increase following the sale of top goal-scorer, Robert Lewandowski to their biggest foes.
However, Borussia Dortmund manager Jϋurgen Klopp has poured cold water on these claims by signing three strikers during the summer transfer period, to fill the void left by Lewandowski, with Immobile being one of his recruits.
The Italy international scored 22 goals in 33 Serie A appearances for Torino before completing his move to Germany, with fellow countryman, Trapattoni believing that the 24 year old will prove a crucial signing for Borussia Dortmund.
He said: “Lewandowski is Lewandowski and Immobile is Immobile. But Ciro is intelligent. He can play in the middle, as well as both on the left and right. He is deadly in free space. He has scored 22 goals in Italy (last season) and he is going to score even more in the Bundesliga.”
Borussia Dortmund have had not much luck on their side for the past two years, and have been beaten in three major finals by Bayern Munich, including the 2013 Champions League final, but Trapattoni believes that the signing of Immobile is a god-sent for Klopp.
The 75-year-old, who had two spells as Bayern Munich manager at the turn of the century feels that the former Juventus striker is good enough to play for the German champions, but insists that Immobile will only get better, with BVB being able to reap the rewards.
He said: “Ciro is a stroke of luck for Klopp. He is also good enough to play for Bayern. Ciro is only 24 years old and he is nowhere near his peak. He has done everything right to make a change to (Borussia Dortmund).
Trapattoni, often described as one of the most endearing of managers to have ever come out of Italy feels that Jϋrgen Klopp is not only the best manager in the world, but believes that the 47 year old will be able to get the best out of Immobile, and his legacy proves just this.
He said: “He is in the hands of the best trainer in the world. It has impressed me what Klopp has achieved at Dortmund by getting the best out of young players.It is fun to follow his work.”
Despite portraying his unadulterated passion for everything Klopp and Borussia Dortmund, the 75 year old manager who is currently without a job feels that his former employers in Bayern Munich, will continue to dominate German football for the time being.
However, “Il Trap” has stated that the future looks bright for BVB and is determined that the Black and Yellow’s are on the right path to joining the likes of Bayern, Barcelona and Real Madrid as one of the world’s top teams.
He said: “Bayern have the experience in that their players have played several years together in some very important games. That is priceless. At this moment in time, Borussia Dortmund still have a lot of catching up to do in order to catch Bayern.
“But Dortmund are currently on the right path to establishing themselves as one of the biggest clubs in the world.”