Borussia Dortmund are flying high
Borussia Dortmund did not have the best season last year. They finished fourth in the Bundesliga, 29 points behind winners Bayern Munich. They sacked their manager Peter Bosz in mid-December and replaced him with Peter Stoger as an interim boss for the rest of the season. He took them from eighth place to the top four but the style he played was not so attractive and the club decided not to extend his contract.
This season Dortmund hired Lucien Favre who was in charge of Nice for the past two seasons. This season they look like a completely different side. Favre has brought in new faces into the team who have settled in perfectly. Most notably the introduction of young English talent Jadon Sancho has been highly praised. Sancho was a Man City youth product, however, decided to go try out a different league and joined Dortmund over the summer. He has been a delight to watch and has contributed four goals and six assists so far this season in the Bundesliga. He was also voted October Bundesliga player of the month, which is a huge achievement for the 18-year-old.
Another notable new addition to the team is Paco Alcacer from Barcelona. He came only on loan at Dortmund but has enjoyed a great start to his time at the club. The club already turned the loan deal into a permanent signing. He struggled in his two years at Barcelona and found it hard to break into the team. He seemed like a man with no confidence last season. However, the move has reinvigorated him, and he seems like the Alcacer that used to play for Valencia. So far, he has scored 9 goals in the 7 matches he has played in the Bundesliga and is joint top scorer in the league.
Dortmund are also enjoying a return of form for both Reus and Piszczek. Reus has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons but seem sot have gotten back to full fitness and looks sharp. Piszcek scored a goal on the weekend against Mainz and looks to be playing his best football in the past few years.
Dortmund are currently top of the Bundesliga table, four points ahead of second place Borussia Mönchengladbach, and an impressive nine points ahead of Bayern. Dortmund know that Bayern are having a rough patch and will probably get out of it, so they just need to keep winning their games and playing in the manner that they are.