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2015/01/06 BVB News

Roller coaster ride up to the winter break

With the best group results in the Champions League, but suddenly at the tail end of the Bundesliga, in the second half of 2015 Borussia Dortmund experienced an unbelievable emotional roller coaster which had not been previously thought possible and included a series of ups and downs. By drawing 1:1 against the Belgian champions RSC Anderlecht on 9th December, BVB finished the group phase in first position for the third time with a club record of 13 points. Ahead of Arsenal FC, Anderlecht and Galatasaray Istanbul, the eight times German champion will not meet top teams such as Real Madrid or Chelsea FC in the first KO round in February 2015.

"Everything is fine", said Manager Jürgen Klopp, relieved. Four days beforehand his team had achieved an eminently important victory in the Bundesliga. They were no longer bottom of the league due to the 1:0 win against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Borussia has been top of the league at the end of a total of 137 match days in the long history of the league, but this statistic was worthless after the start of the season - in spite of the widespread forecast among experts and the competition that only BVB could pose a threat to Bayern Munich winning the title. But at the end of November, while they were enjoying success in the Champions League, Dortmund found themselves in eighteenth position of the league after only three wins, two draws and eight defeats. It was their worst position after 13 matches since the 1985/86 season.

"There is no logical explanation that Dortmund are at the bottom of the table. There is still a feeling that Borussia are the second best team in Germany despite the departure of Robert Lewandowski", said Rudi Völler, General Manager of Bayer Leverkusen and former manager of the German national team. And not only BVB supporters, but also millions of football fans in Germany rubbed their eyes in astonishment about the negative development of the team in black and yellow.

"It was an incomprehensible chain of events", is how BVB's Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke explained the course of the season so far. An unprecedented injury plight, the drop in form of players due to the constant pressure caused by the absence of several regular players and also simply bad luck in a number of matches which the team had dominated but still lost were the reasons for the drop in performance and the poor results. And the fact that Bayern Munich had ripped key players out of BVB's formation twice in a row - first Mario Götze (2013) and then Robert Lewandowski (2014) - also deserves to be mentioned again in the analysis of the downturn.

A "depleted team" of different players week by week
"We have dealt with the crisis very well, have not whitewashed anything and have taken up the challenge. And the trust placed in the team by the fans is having a positive effect", said Watzke. But, nonetheless, nearly everyone in the club has been longing for the end of the year, which is to be completed with three games (away to Hertha BSC, at home to Wolfsburg and in Bremen) in eight days between the 13th and 20th December, which will once again require a concentrated effort. Everyone at the club remained calm during the complicated period. While the team were fighting for points with a "depleted line-up" hit by injuries and consisting of different players week by week, Watzke, General Manager Michael Zorc and Klopp remained calm.

When Klopp was questioned by some of the media, Watzke and Zorc emphasised that there was no foundation for any assumption that his career at BVB was drawing to a close. The manager is suffering together with his team, explained Watzke, but he is as consistent and self-assured in his actions as in the title winning years of 2011 and 2012. The manager, the team, the club management and the entire club have closed ranks. Before the match against Hoffenheim a strong gesture was made by the entire office staff of approximately 350 members symbolically showing their support to the BVB team by signing the T-shirts the players wore under their shirts.

No other Bundesliga team has had to cope with as many injuries as Dortmund. Mats Hummels returned tired after winning the World Cup in Brazil and had to take a break three times in the first half of the season due to minor injuries (knee, pelvic obliquity, sprained ligaments). And real drama took place with regard to Marco Reus. He had barely recovered from tearing a syndesmosis ligament, which forced him to miss the World Cup, when he sustained torn ankle ligaments in the international friendly against Argentina. The striker was then stopped by a bone oedema before he was put out of action again for a long time following a brutal foul by Paderborn, which caused torn ankle ligaments again. Sokratis sustained a fibula fracture, Marcel Schmelzer a broken hand and Oliver Kirch a ruptured muscle. Sebastian Kehl, Lukasz Piszczek and Sven Bender were all repeatedly absent due to various injuries. Dong-Won Ji suffered a muscle injury, followed by meniscus damage. Henrikh Mkhitaryan first lost his rhythm due to torn ligaments in the foot and then his scoring prowess.

The waiting queue at the physicians and physiotherapists of Borussia never seemed to end. And this all added to the fact that the medical department were already working at the limits of their capacity to help Ilkay Gündogan (one-year forced break), Jakub Blaszczykowski (more than 300 days of absence) and Nuri Sahin (half a year) regain their full fitness. Klopp had to constantly select a new line-up. Those players who were able to play did everything to put the club back on track - but in many cases without being rewarded with three points. During this sporting dilemma, an economic success story was more or less ignored: after being threatened by insolvency in 2005, Borussia Dortmund are in the mean time free of debt and on sound financial footing, according to Managing Director Watzke. And in the year 2015 things should pick up again in the Bundesliga as well. BVB will also rise to the challenge in the last sixteen of the Champions League and in the DFB-Pokal, where the next opponents are Dynamo Dresden.