At the start of the season maybe punters had Borussia Dortmund down as Bayern Munich’s biggest rivals for the Bundesliga title, but a disappointing start left them a mountain to climb and only in recent weeks recently has there been signs of recovery.
Die Borussen, who managed a second place finish in last year’s Bundesliga competition, have managed just 31 goals in 23 games and only Gabonese star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has reached double figures in the league.
Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos, who were brought in to the club to replicate the goalscoring power of former star man Robert Lewandowski, who joined Bayern in the summer, have both flopped and managed just five goals between them.
European ambitions back on the table
Nevertheless, Dortmund lie just 7 points off of a European place, with many fancying them to make up the gap in their remaining 11 games, and succeeding in this could prove to be massively important for the club.
BVB have a whole host of stars who want to be competing in Europe, none more so than Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan. All three have been linked with moves away from the club at the end of the season, with the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Real Madrid all seen as potential destinations that can offer Champions League football.
Transfer ambitions could depend on final push
If Dortmund do manage a sixth place finish, these players could be tempted to stay at the club, understanding they are likely to be playing on Europe’s biggest stage with the club once again in the near future should things continue to improve.
In addition to his team’s four consecutive league wins, Jurgen Klopp has also lead them to the last 16 of this year’s Champions League, while they are also amongst the front-runners in the DFB Pokal.
While we are all wondering what the future holds for Dortmund, how they perform for the rest of the season could make or break the German giants.