After racking up successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, Borussia Dortmund has seen German powerhouse Bayern Munich reclaim the Bundesliga title two years on the trot.
Not only have the Bavarians recapture the biggest prize in German football, they have also taken two of Dortmund's prized assets; Mario Gotze and now Robert Lewandowski.
It certainly leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of the entire Dortmund family but this time around the Signal Iduna Park could be a happy place once again.
Having lost Mario Gotze last summer, Jurgen Klopp managed to capture the services of Armenian superstar Henrikh Mkhitaryan as well as Gabon speedster Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
These were two excellent acquisitions but the BVB endured a nightmare last season with injuries and as such failed to really challenge Bayern Munich. However, this time around if Klopp has keep his boys healthy then it could turn out to be an excellent season for the 'Yellow Wall.'
With star striker Robert Lewandowski confirming his move to the Allianz Arena back in January, sporting director Michael Zorc moved very quickly to sign the likes of Adrian Ramos from Hertha Berlin and Seria A top striker Ciro Immobile from Torino as well as Ji Dong-Won.
Surely it is difficult to try replace the quality of Lewy but these signing not only gives Klopp option but depth as well.
Dortmund has always struggled to find a real balance between the Champions League and the Bundesliga so with additional players they should be more competitive.
Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Sven Bender and Neven Subotic are expected to return from log term injuries desperately hoping to get back to their best. This added enthusiasm should give the entire club a lift which could be translated on the pitch. They will be like new signings and with Marco Reus returning from injury things are looking good for Dortmund.
The quality of Matthias Ginter should intensify the competition for places in defence which is always good for any club.
Erik Durm, Kevin Grosskreuts and Roman Weidenfeller all return to the team with confidence running through their veins after a successful World Cup campaign. They should lift their game to the next level and could transport their energy and confidence throughout the squad.
The squad looks a lot more balanced and there is certainly more depth. This is a big season for the likes of Mkhitaryan and Milos Jojic who should perform at a higher level after getting a taste of the Bundesliga last season.
If the squad stays healthy then Klopp will have many options and will have the luxury to rest players and rotate the squad without depleting the quality of his team. They have a very good chance at lifting the Bundesliga but they will need to be at their absolute best right throughout the season.
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