5 Reasons Why Borussia Dortmund Will Win Silverware This Season
Borussia Dortmund kicked off their new season with a bang on Wednesday night when they beat Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich 2-0 in the German Supercup.
Jurgen Klopp's side are no strangers to the trophy—after all, they have now won it more times than any other German club—but they will welcome a step in the right direction weeks before the new league and European campaigns kick off nonetheless.
Once the celebrations calm down, the club's attention will then turn to the coming season and whether or not Klopp's side can win some genuine silverware against the might of Bayern and other Bundesliga contenders.
Here are five reasons why they can.
This Is Henrikh Mkhitaryan's Season to Shine
For the sake of the less eagle-eyed among us, it is worth pointing out that we have already addressed the concept of this being a make-or-break season for Dortmund's key attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, here.
Yet as we saw on Wednesday against an admittedly weakened Bayern side, the Armenian forward looks absolutely desperate to cement his place as Dortmund's key man in the attack. Perhaps even more so than club favourite Marco Reus.
For the first time since arriving at the club, Mkhitaryan looked fully fit from the way he simply glided past opposition players and pulled all the strings for Dortmund in the middle of the park.
Mkhitaryan didn't have a bad campaign last year, but it wasn't great either, and for a player of his quality and price, we can bet that Klopp will be expecting much more in terms of goals and assists.
If the forward can promise that much then Dortmund are undoubtedly on to a winner.
Dortmund Have Plenty of Firepower Up Front
Bayern may have nabbed Dortmund's best striker in recent seasons, but Klopp has done well this summer to overcome the loss in a brilliant way.
Rather than spend all his money on one genuine striker who may or may not replace the form and goals that Robert Lewandowski brought to the club, the charismatic coach instead decided to bring in two emerging talents in Ciro Immobile and Adrian Ramos.
Both strikers are young yet experienced enough to contribute to a Bundesliga title-challenging side, with each offering an impressive goal tally at their previous club. If one falters, the other is there to pick up the slack.
This means Dortmund will be unlikely to miss out on goals lost from Lewandowski this season, and two of their forwards may not be able to help themselves from scoring.
Jurgen Klopp Has the Strength He so Desperately Needs
One of the most notable aspects of Dortmund's win over Bayern in the Supercup on Wednesday night was the sheer amount of players available to Klopp, despite missing key players like Mats Hummels and Nuri Sahin.
Oliver Kirch was notably impressive in a central-midfield position that has often looked bare for Dortmund in recent seasons, while Jonas Hofmann continued his progress from young potential to genuine first-team star. Add to this confident performances from strikers Ramos and Immobile as well as new central defender Matthias Ginter, and you have a team with plenty of options in each position.
Individual performances and overall quality may win cup competitions for sides like Bayern and Real Madrid, but it's strength in depth that really wins championships. Dortmund now have that strength and look well placed for an assault on the Bundesliga title.
They Have Marco Reus
As Dortmund's most important player now that Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski have left the club, Marco Reus approaches this coming campaign with a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Yet, at just 25 years of age, the German international is just getting started and approaching what should be the peak of his career.
Following a dismissive season with Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Champions League last season, as well as missing out on Germany's World Cup triumph in Brazil, Reus will be desperate to prove that he is the best that this football-mad nation have to offer.
This is one player who's desperate to be the best in the Bundesliga, and he'll drag Dortmund along with him if he has to.
Klopp Has a New, Hungry Squad to Play with
Although this Dortmund side is full of experienced Bundesliga and World Cup winners, Klopp has done well to pepper his team with players who have never really won a great deal before.
This would usually come with a rather pessimistic warning at most clubs. If a player doesn't have the relevant experience, then there's a stronger chance of him failing in the job he's assigned.
Yet when we look at players like Immobile, Hofmann and Ginter, it does nothing but remind us of the players who came before them, like Lewandowski, Reus and Hummels. Klopp turned those Bundesliga outsiders into champions—or at least cup winners in Reus' case—and he'll undoubtedly be desperate to do the same with this new generation.
No manager can turn ordinary players into match-winners quite like Klopp, and he'll be certain to do that with this new batch in the coming season.