Dortmund ended the season in second place for the 10th time. With no trophies, consistently poor at the back, and another disappointing European campaign, Dortmund must now rebuild. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets for the top European soccer leagues.
Forever in Bayern Munich’s shadow
You can’t build a stable mansion if the foundations aren’t supporting. That’s exactly what has happened to Dortmund. Just when they seemed like they were on to something, Munich were there to pull the rug out rom underneath them.
It is believed that in order to challenge their rivals, that no more star players are to be handed over directly to them. Regardless, they can’t compete with Bayern Munich in the race. The Bavarians always find a way to buy the best Bundesliga players and win the title. Bayern has won their 10th successive Bundesliga. It was the first time that any team in one of Europe’s big leagues won 10 in a row. Juventus had won nine on the bounce before walking into Antonio Conte last season.
The first area where Dortmund have been lacking this season is how they approach possession of the ball. Marco Rose’s team used an approach according to their formation. This inflexibility made Dortmund vulnerable to man-to-man marking. Opponents were easily able to track Dortmund’s passing options, put the team under pressure. If you’re betting online, they were the best team to bet on goals. and they’ll remain that way.
Erling Haaland Out/Karim Adeyemi In
Borussia Dortmund always had good set of trios. Lewandowski/Gotze/Reus, Dembele/Aubameyang/Reus, Haaland/Sancho/Reus. Captain and club legend Marco Reus was there, too, and without injuries, he may have been one of the best in the world. Even with them, he’s world-class.
The goal-machine Erling Haaland will officially complete his $65 million move to the Premier League July 1, Manchester City activating the release clause in his Borussia Dortmund contract. With a whopping 85 goals in 88 appearances for the club, it will take some doing for Dortmund to replace the Norwegian international standout.
Whether it was Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Michy Batshuayi or Paco Alcacer, Borussia Dortmund have always found a way to replace departing stars. Considering the club’s previous track record in this department, there’s little to worry about, and yet more exciting times ahead at the Signal Iduna Park. The arrival of Germany international striker Karim Adeyemi, announced soon after the exodus of Haaland was confirmed, shows the club is already well-placed to move forward.
At 20 years of age, Adeyemi has established himself as the next forward to break onto the scene at Red Bull Salzburg. That after the explosions of Haaland, Patson Daka and Takumi Minamino. With 23 goals scored last season, Adeyemi is seen as a potential inclusion in Hansi Flick’s Germany squad in this season’s World Cup. He’s a player to watch and include in our soccer picks and parlays.
New Transfers, New Coach: Better at the back
Germany international centre-backs Niklas Sule and Nico Schlotterbeck have been signed from Bayern and Freiburg, respectively. FC Koln’s Salih Ozcan is a welcome addition in midfield, especially with Witsel leaving, meanwhile. Sule was the best player for progressive passes this season, while Schlotterbeck was in the same bracket in terms of creating his shots.
Dortmund may not have finished their summer shopping, but they already look well-equipped to give Bayern a run for their money in next season’s Bundesliga. Manager Rose has been sacked after just one season in charge.
Edin Terzic is set to return to Dortmund, signing a contract that puts him in charge of the German side until 2025. He was the interim manager during the 2020/21 campaign after the club fired Lucien Favre in December, 2020, Terzic was the manager in between Favre’s departure and Rose’s arrival. Terzic’s Dortmund club won the German Cup against RB Leipzig, winning 20-of-32 games.
Whilst Dortmund is obviously disappointed to lose Haaland, they’ve arguably done the best transfer business of the summer so far, and are second-favorites once again, priced at +800, to win next season’s Bundesliga. That’s per the latest soccer odds. If they really want to challenge Bayern, their use of possession must be smarter, their counter-pressing more intense and their timing has to be better. It’ll be down to Terzic to fix these problems before the season starts. Otherwise, we might just see Dortmund crash out of the title race early yet again.