Jurgen Klopp, tipped to be a future manager of Die Mannschaft (The German National Team) has done it again. After earning plaudits in the 2010-11 season for steering the black yellows to their 7th Bundesliga title, he has gone one better to secure the side’s first Double in their 103 year history.
The season didn’t start brightly for the ambitious Borussia. The first 6 games yielded just 3 wins. Afterwards, they kicked on a remarkable run that saw them go unbeaten in 30+ League and Cup games, including vital wins against Bayern and arch-enemies, Schalke.
Buoyed by the superb displays of Shinji Kagawa, Lukasz Piszczek, Robert Lewandowski, Matt Hummels, Neven Subotic, and Talisman, Mario Gotze, Die Schwarzgelben tore past their opponents with ruthlessness like never before seen.
The drive, desire and determination that ultimately leads to success was there for all to marvel. Despite an injury midway through the season to Subotic and Gotze, they still went on to win the league with 2 games to spare, capping the phenomenal achievement with a good home win over Bayern and a Ruhr derby victory away at Gelsenkirchen vs Schalke.
May 12, 2012 represented the one and only chance of the season to add to their trophy haul – The DFB Pokal. It was a clash between the two best teams in Germany at the moment. Bayern Munchen (Munich) who are UCL finalists and Dortmund who just won the league.
At the end of proceedings, it was a surprise demolition. Dortmund annihilated the Bavarians 5-2 with Polish assassin, Robert Lewandowski, scoring a hat-trick to take his tally for the season to 30.
The same man whose 22 league goals (Including the only goal v Bayern at the Iduna) helped his team to the summit of the Bundesliga. The crushing defeat was the 5th successive Bayern had suffered against Klopp, and it came at a very bad time for the Reds. Uli, Karl, Franz, and Jupp congratulated Watzke’s Dortmund and thus shifted their focus to the CL Finals Vs Chelsea.
The victory over Bayern was even more significant for Ballspiel-Verein Borussia (BVB) because it cemented their position as the best team in Germany and secured the first ever league and cup success in more than a century of existence. However, they must regroup next season because some important players will almost certainly jump ship and must be replaced. Also, for Klopp and his boys to be mentioned in the same breath as the great European teams, their fortunes in Europe must change. Their foray into the European scene this term was a complete failure.
Furthermore, for the aforementioned to be described in the same sentence as Hitzfeld, he must perform admirably well in Europe.
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