Thomas Tuchel and Borussia Dortmund are bringing excitement back to the Bundesliga

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Despite the brutal technical efficiency many of its players possess and the sheer brilliance and success the national team has endured the Bundesliga somewhat decayed last season with the dominance of giants Bayern Munich.

It felt as if the title was all but secured before a ball was kicked and the collapse of Borussia Dortmund under Klopp last season cast a dark shadow over the power of German domestic football. Wolfsburg were the only club to put up any real resistance to Bayern but they were unable to cause any real trouble - a 4-1 win against Bayern was arguably the highlight of the season however.

Nevertheless, Bayern won with ease and Guardiola's men were rarely put under pressure and the club who had done so in recent months were struggling to reach the Europa League places.


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Out went Klopp and Thomas Tuchel formally of Mainz 05 was ushered in as the man once again galvanise the black and yellow boys, so far he has exceeded everyone's expectations, Dortmund are once again one of the most exciting teams on the planet.

A comprehensive 3-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday was testament to the attacking prowess they are currently operating with, the right balance seems to have been found and a positive team ethos finally restored.

Tuchel changes Dortmund's style for the better

The team seem to have found a style of play which teams simply cannot cope with in a new system instilled by Tuchel. The defenders are finally playing out from the back again, Mats Hummels is arguably one of the most accomplished centre backs with the ball at his feet in the world and we now see him playing precise passes into the midfield rather than simply hitting and hoping.

Ilkay Gundogan in the midfield seems to have rediscovered the mojo which made him one of the most sought after commodities in the game with his dribbling and passing abilities and we now see the midfield man controlling the tempo of games once again.

The team is now engineered to feed the technicians throughout their side which last season it simply wasn't. Julian Weigl has been the surprise star with the holding midfielder becoming a key component in the side ousting Sven Bender from the side. Weigl is not your typical brutish holding player, he will not terrify opponents but he will do his job effectively and set up attacks precisely - a Sergio Busquets style player if you will.

Further forward is where the real magic is beginning to happen though, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shinji Kagawa look like players reborn as they are now receiving the ball at their feet and being allowed to weave their wizardry. Last season it seemed as if they were playing in shackles, Tuchel has granted them footballing freedom and it is paying dividends for the teams.

Mkhitaryan himself has already bettered his assists and goals tallies from last season while Kagawa put in a sensational display at Leverkusen to cap off his impressive start to the season.

Marco Reus looks as happy as he ever has in a Dortmund shirt as he is finally receiving the support a player of his calibre requires while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has carried on his form from last season - he was the team's only real bright spark if truth be told. Tuchel has built a team that allows his best players to thrive and this is exactly what Reus and Aubameyang are doing.

Aubameyang has fashioned himself into the ideal focal point for a team like Dortmund, pace, clinical finishing, running into the channel and above all else his impressive link up play. The void left by Robert Lewandowski is slowly but surely being filled.

Can they challenge for the title?

Only time will tell as to whether Dortmund can sustain a title challenge and perhaps overthrow the poster team of German football but the initial signs are looking positive.

In seasons gone by Dortmund brought sheer entertainment to the Bundesliga and brought in fans from all across Europe, they were the neutrals choice and they were adored. Bayern's financial clout has made them the awesome force that they are and it will be a tough ask to challenge a team blessed with so many world class players.

However, Tuchel and his effective system is bringing the halcyon days back to the Signal Iduna Park and with 11 victories in his first 11 games we could be seeing the making of something special.

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