Monday, 23 April 2012

Dortmund Regain Bundesliga Crown

Congratulations to Borussia Dortmund, who beat league rivals Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 at home on Saturday to regain the Bundesliga crown, with two games to go.

Throughout the season I’ve kept an eye on the Bundesliga, and it really is one of the most underrated leagues in the World.

The stars of Dortmund’s campaign were similar to those who had performed so superbly last season. The central defensive pairing of Matt Hummels and Neven Subotic has been excellent, setting the second best defensive record in the Bundesliga, behind Bayern Munich. Along with full-back Lukasz Piszczek, the Poland international, who has staked his claim as one of the best right backs in the league.

In midfield, the engine room, Sven Bender, Sebastian Kehl have been solid, and typify consistency for Jurgen Klopp’s men, as well as the fantastic Illkay Gundogan, whose recent form drove Dortmund on to the title. Jakub ‘Kuba’ Blaszczykowski, and Kevin Grobkreutz have also been superb in the midfield, and have become key figures this season.

The main man from midfield this season has been Japanese international Shinji Kagawa. He has taken over the mantle of creative responsibility from Mario Gotze, who has suffered from injuries this season. Kagawa has 13 goals from midfield this season, with 7 assists.

In attack, Polish international Robert Lewandowski is in the form of his life. He has hit 20 goals this season, and has relegated Lucas Barrios to the bench.

Congratulations to Jurgen Klopp, who has led Dortmund to back-to-back titles for the first time since 1997. The 44 year old German has caught the eye of some of Europe’s top clubs, is hungry for more success with the black and yellows and is unlikely to move any time soon.

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