When Borussia Dortmund beat Bayern Munich 2-0 in the 2014 German Super Cup final in Berlin just ten days before the start of the new Bundesliga campaign, it was thought that this victory would pave the way for a season of Yellow and Black dominance.
Indeed Bayern, who had won an impressive haul of eight trophies in the past two years, couldn’t find a way into the game, with BVB scoring two goals either side of half-time to leave the German media with no chance other than to predict a changing of the guard come the end of the season.
Popular papers such as Bild, Sϋddeutsche and the Frankfurt Allgemeine even conducted a poll, asking their readers to vote who would most likely lift the iconic circular Bundesliga trophy come May, with just under 45% predicting BVB defender, Mats Hummels to do the honours.
In reality, you couldn’t really fault those brave souls for taking a punt and predicting a return to Borussia dominance, despite Pep Guardiola guiding Bayern to their 24th Bundesliga title
And even after selling their most valuable asset - Robert Lewandowski - to their staunchest of rivals in Bayern, it was thought that the summer arrivals of Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos from Torino and Hertha Berlin respectively would have been enough to compensate for his departure.
With the prolific Marco Reus coming back from a foot injury which ruled him out of the 2014 World Cup and joining the exciting midfield cooperative of Ilkay Gϋndogan, Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, there is no reason why any BVB fan would have not been optimistic.
Just six games into the new Bundesliga season and with Dortmund floundering in tenth place, seven points adrift of Bayern who are commanding the table with a healthy 14 to their name, things have quickly turned sour in and around the once proud Westfalenstadion.
Jubilant support has turned into heated debate, cheerful matchday choruses have been replaced with chants directed at manager Jϋrgen Klopp, whilst the same man’s iconic and boastful smile has all but turned upside down.
All the raw emotion that I have mentioned above would have no doubt been in circulation pre-matchday six when Borussia only had two wins to their name and were in search of a crucial victory away against bitter enemies Schalke 04.
To say that Saturday’s performance against the Royal Blues didn’t go to plan is perhaps an understatement with Klopp solemnly stating in his post-match interview that the 2-1 defeat was hard to take and that it was a day to forget.
Indeed, Klopp can afford to do everything else other than to forget Saturday's shocking defeat which has left the 47-year-old's position as manager on the verge of debate, with the club's management and players possibly starting to turn on him.
Yes, Borussia have experienced a less than successful start to the new campaign and perhaps it is time for Klopp to put his hands up and say that the chance of BVB catching up with Bayern looks slimmer than a size zero model, but he can by no means afford to look weak.
The proud boss has performed miracles at the club by guiding the yellow and black army to five trophies during his six years at the helm, including the unimaginable in 2013 when he guided his team to the Champions League final.
Although, perhaps the most impressing factor related to these unquestionable giant footsteps is the way that Klopp was able to build a championship winning team based solely on youth and determination compared to Bayern who were shedding millions to acquire the complete team.
Even though you could argue that Klopp is just as hungry as ever to achieve success with Borussia and that the fighting spirit still richly runs through every Dortmund player, one gets the feeling that a catalogue of injuries and team unity has left a sour taste.
Unfortunately for Klopp, Reus has failed to shrug of the foot injury he sustained in a pre-World Cup friendly against Armenia in June, whilst Immobile and Ramos - despite showing sparks of talent - have failed to bond in the opening games of the season.
Indeed, it seems that the whole team has failed to bond for the past season, and there is already news that there is not only a collective disrespect of Klopp, but also that divisions within a once unbreakable side are running deep.
Perhaps the most important thing for the former Mainz manager to do at the moment is to gather his troops and to remind them of all of what was achieved when Bayern were in the dumps and that they could still make up ground on the Bavarian outfit.
The fact that Borussia Dortmund secured a convincing 2-0 win at home to Arsenal in the Champions League also shows that the West German outfit are another animal when it comes to European football.
So in one word, Klopp has to do absolutely everything to ensure that his side return to winning ways, be that in team bonding sessions or dropping a few grade A players who are not living up to their potential at the club.
The ball is in the optimistic manager’s court and he has to show the world of football that neither he nor his dormant powerhouse have lost their mojo.
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