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Can Borussia Dortmund win the Bundesliga this season?

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Borussia Dortmund have had a dream start to the new Bundesliga campaign.

Five games played, 18 goals scored and only three conceded. Not only have they begun their campaign in fine form, but they also top the table ahead of Bayern Munich.

Of course, and as expected, Bayern are hot on the heels of their biggest Bundesliga rivals, level on points, but only kept at bay due to Dortmund's sublime scoring record.

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Last season

It's quite the contrast from last season. In the first five games, the Yellows had only registered seven points on the board, and things subsequent to that didn't get much better under Jurgen Klopp. 

A treble of consecutive defeats to teams around the foot of the table put Klopp's managerial position in serious danger and the 48-year-old began to consider his seven-year stint at Signal Iduna Park.

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This season

So, let's take Dortmund's barnstorming start and compare it to last season.

They have acquired over double the amount of points already at this stage in the season than they did in 2014 - and have scored 10 more goals. 

Why are they so much better?

Thomas Tuchel, as we know, has been working constantly with the forwards at the club, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Adrian Ramos and Marco Reus have all been very busy over the past couple of months in terms of boosting their confidence in front of goal.

That hard work is certainly showing on the pitch as eighteen goals have been scored already, averaging an impressive 3.6 goals per match.

However, strikers can't just create gold dust from scratch and the players around them have also been working hard in finding the formula for such a goalscoring record. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jonas Hoffman and Shinji Kagawa have provided the majority of goals in the team thus far, and have even had an input of their own, scoring five goals between them in as many games.


There is certainly going to be some tense competition towards the end of the season in relation to the Golden Boot. The race for the treasured trophy is already heating up, led by Aubameyang with five goals under his belt already - albeit most have been penalties.

Nonetheless, such a record from the spot is somewhat impressive with it being harder to score a penalty in this day in age of football, what with goalkeepers doing plenty of homework.

But Aubameyang must be on his toes as Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa are in hot pursuit of that accolade.

Can they carry on the rampage?

Tuchel must say a prayer before he goes to bed every night in the hope that none of his players sustain an injury throughout the season because if one is missing, the whole system collapses. That would virtually cripple Dortmund's title hopes after such a prosperous opening to the season. 

However, should all of their players stay fully fit, there is no reason why Borussia Dortmund can't shock the world by beating their rivals to the title. They've got such a pace in their team to paralyse opponents. Their killer instinct so far this season has been far too much for any side to anticipate, hence why their rampant tactics are allowed to be deployed.

All eyes, of course, will be firmly fixed on the highly anticipated tie between Dortmund themselves and Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on October 4.

There are only two more matches between that fixture, and if Tuchel can bring six more points to the board, a task which most Bundesliga nerds would expect to be completed, there will certainly be a game for good viewing material on in a couple of weeks time.

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Topics:
Marco Reus
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Shinji Kagawa
Bayern Munich
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Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga

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