With all the hype in German football surrounding the appointment of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich, bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund have been left out in the dark, but can Jurgen Klopp mount an ambitious Dortmund fight back?
Under Klopp, Dortmund have flourished over the past three campaigns, winning consecutive Bundesliga titles and making a Champions League final on the way. But ever since Munich announced that Guardiola would become their new man at the start of the 2013/14 campaign all the hype has been about the Bavarian outfit.
With many deeming Munich the best team in the world and expecting them to excel even further under the former Barcelona tactician, there is a lot of pressure mounted on the heads of the Bundesliga champions.
Many have written off major competitors in German football, but let's not forget Dortmund are still a major force in European football, and personally I feel that Klopp's side can spoil the Guardiola party.
Despite Borussia losing midfield dynamo Mario Gotze to bitter rivals Bayern Munich, Dortmund insist they won't just lie down and will continue to work extremely hard to earn the respect they once held in German football.
Klopp announced that key man Robert Lewandowski will stay with the Bundesliga giants one more season before departing - again to Bayern - but in the one season Lewandowski has left at his parent club he could majorly upset the hierarchy at his awaiting destination.
Klopp has learnt his trade in the European game and has reiterated that he will still challenge with the big guns despite key men coming ever closer to departing his club.
Everything looks to be against Dortmund, but, with the reinforcements they have brought already this summer, including top European players Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Armenian playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Klopp's men can mount a realistic fight against an inevitable Bayern Munich overhaul.
With the aspirations Klopp is setting himself and his team, German football could have an upheaval in power and the tables could turn very, very quickly on Pep Guardiola's men.
German spectators are in for a treat this coming campaign and be sure to keep an eye on both of the Bundesliga giants progress because, after all, anything can happen in the beautiful game.
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