For Germany’s second most successful club behind Bayern Munich, it seems that things are going wrong under coach Peter Bosz.
After their double success in the 2011/2012 in which they won the double in Germany, success has dried up and they have managed just three trophies with two coming in the German Super Cup and one DFB Pokal in 2017. They have lived in Bayern Munich’s shadow and become one of Europe’s best selling clubs.
This season it seems under Dutch coach Peter Bosz, that this great European is really heading for choppy waters.
Without a league win in two months and being very underwhelming in the Champions League group stage and also them dropping into the Europa League it looks like Bosz is having his head called by Dortmund’s fans.
The board and in particular CEO of the club Hans Joachim-Watzke have given Bosz an unwavering amount of support since his arrival from Ajax.
Many are looking at Watzke’s poor decision making as part of their downfall.
In a recent blog by Michael da Silva for DW Sports he said that,
“Watzke was to blame and not Peter Bosz.”
Da Silva later said in the article, “This is a problem of Watzke’s making, with the CEO ignoring the steady progress the club were making under Tuchel and disposing of a man who had just guided them to the German Cup and, just weeks before, a run to the quarter finals of the Champions League that was only ended by an excellent Monaco side.
Which is a very valid point raised by Da Silva but, results on the pitch were not the reason for sacking Thomas Tuchel.
Tuchel was ultimately sacked it seemed for several disagreements with the board and chief scout Sven Mislintat.
Watzke has looked at the club as a way of making profit and are one of Europe’s most profitable clubs. Recent sales of Mkhitaryan, Hummels, Dembele and then spending minimal on bringing players in as their replacements.
Tuchel’s replacement in the summer Bosz, started life as Dortmund manager unbelievably winning his first seven games and playing some unbelievable attacking football and seriously looking title contenders to some but suddenly that has dramatically fallen.
Bosz it seems has struggled lately to implement his ideas. A recent horror moment for Dortmund was then were 4-0 up at home to rivals Schlake. Amidst all the GIFS Dortmund placed on their Twitter account, Schalke miraculously bounced back to draw 4-4 at Signal Iduna Park.
Another issue is star man Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang’s desire to leave the German club for success abroad elsewhere. Aubameyang has become a bit of problem for the club in the last few months with his consistent claims he wants to leave and fines and that has been a problem for current coach Bosz.
Bosz in his only season with Ajax, took them to the Europa League Final and saw them finish second in the Eredivisie. His Ajax team played some absolutely great football and were the second highest scorers in the Eredivisie and had the joint best defence in the league.
Bosz brought through some raw young talent whilst at the club with the likes Donny van de Beek and Mathijs de Ligt as well as astute signings in Hakim Ziyech and Davinson Sanchez.
He does on paper seem on paper a good choice of manager for Borussia Dortmund. Dortmund’s policies over the years seem to be look at the youth teams, play attractive, stylish football and hopefully win the Bundesliga.
With RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich taking a stranglehold of German’s top division there is a danger Dortmund could be left behind their rivals.
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