Maybe Borussia Dortmund's torrid campaign last term was Jurgen Klopp's fault after all. The charismatic German may be a splendid manager but the time was indeed right to walk away. The German juggernaut now finally look back to the best again.
Having been the closest rivals to Bayern Munich over the past few years, last season's misery came out of the blue. Robert Lewandowski had joined Bayern and his replacement, Torino's Ciro Immobile, never looked the part. Pep Guardiola cherry picking Dortmund's best players had clearly had a negative effect on both the team and their manager.
But after a summer of relative calm things are changing back to how they were. Thomas Tuchel, like Klopp, came from Mainz and is now coaxing the best from those at his disposal. Marco Reus looks back to his best, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is shining and Shinji Kagawa finally looks the player he never quite was at Manchester United.
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Dortmund's strong start to the season continued on Thursday night with Tuchel's men running riot in a 7-2 triumph over Odds BK at the Signal Induna Park.
The result came just a week after they recovered from falling three goals down against the Norweigien minnows to win 4-3, with Aubameyang, Kagawa and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scoring to give them a crucial first leg Europa League advantage.
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Last night it was far more straight forward, with Reus hitting a stunning hat-trick to take his goals tally to seven in just six appearances. Kagawa also netted a brace with Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gundogan completing the rout.
The victory maintains Dortmund's wonderful start to the post-Klopp era, having won their first two Bundesliga games and also progressed to the second round of the DFB-Pokal.
Aubameyang and Mkhitaryan were again on the score-sheet to propel them through, with the duo also on the scoresheet alongside Reus in a breathtaking 4-0 thumping of Borussia Monchengladbach.
The former netted against newly-promoted Inglostadt, with German international Reus, Mattias Ginter and Kagawa all making it another memorable afternoon.
Whether or not Dortmund can try and stop the Bayern machine remains to be seen, but they will fancy their chances if they manage to avoid losing any of the star players.
Despite seemingly being United bound earlier in the summer, Gundogan has stayed to fight for his place and remains an integral part of the side.
Meanwhile, Matts Hummels and Reus now look set to remain at the Signal Induna Park for this campaign at least.
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