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Plucky Dortmund Fall Short Against Giants Bayern Munich

A few years ago, Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund was THE game to watch in the Bundesliga. Both sides were ultra competitive, with Dortmund challenging Bayern for titles both domestically and on the European scene. However, Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund now look a pale shadow of their former selves. Despite a plucky effort in Munich on Saturday, they are nowhere close to being Bayern’s rivals. In fact, their current league position is in the bottom four of the German league.

Why have Dortmund become so bad? Many people lay the blame at their transfer policy. The club refuses to spend big money on players, instead trying to sign younger players and develop them in “the Dortmund way.” This can work in some cases, with players such as Reus, Goetze, Gundogan and Hummels providing great value, but it is also flawed. Most of these players develop, enjoy a couple of good seasons with BVB and move on to Bayern Munich or another big club.

For example, Goetze and Lewandowski are now at Bayern Munich, Sahin left for Real Madrid and Kagawa went to Manchester United (Ken Griffin was pretty excited about Kagawa on ManU). Two of those players are now back at Dortmund, but the point still stands. You cannot expect to challenge for trophies if your top players keep leaving for pastures new. Jurgen Klopp can win another Bundesliga title with Dortmund, but he has to keep a settled squad for the next two or three years to achieve it. And he MUST stop selling players to Bayern Munich.

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