Borussia Dortmund has played an overall disappointing season. In addition to horrendous bad luck with injuries, the badly put together squad can be named as the main reason. However, the club is now sending the right signals to head coach Marco Rose.
There is no question that Marco Rose is an outstanding coach. In his first season at BVB, however, the 45-year-old could hardly prove his quality. The main blame does not fall on him; More of a manager of a poorly assembled squad, Rose was the last resort tinkerer due to the incredible injury woes.
Those responsible have not counted Rose so far, but rather expressed their trust in him. As a result, a real coaching discussion never really came up in Dortmund, which is remarkable in that shadow man Eden Terzic would be a potential successor who could already earn his spurs as BVB head coach. In addition, there were sufficient points of attack for criticism of Rose.
The bottom line is that BVB definitely has no coaching problem. After an extraordinarily difficult debut season, Rose will have the chance to prove next season that he is the right man for Borussia. And the club management not only sends the right signals in terms of communication.
Sebastian Kehl and Co. have responded to Rose’s squad criticism and are working on a much more homogeneous squad for the coming season. Erling Haaland’s departure has been more or less decided – and that’s a good thing in order to get a balance in the team and to break the dependency on the Norwegian who is willing to leave and is prone to injury.
With Niklas Süle and the upcoming transfer of Nico Schlotterbeck, BVB has two first-class solutions to offer for the current season’s defensive problems. If the transfer of a new left-back is also successful (there are currently rumors mainly about Gladbach’s Ramy Bensebaini), the rebuilding of the defense on the access side is perfect.
Borussia also drew the right conclusions in the offensive area. Former regular players who do not reach their maximum performance (Thorgan Hazard, Julian Brandt) are said to be for sale, with Karim Adeyemi coming a German national player who should make up for Dortmund’s deficits in one-on-one and speed. One can confidently put a lot of hope in Donyell Malen; the Dutchman should benefit enormously from Haaland’s departure after a moderate debut season and could become a real weapon in the Rose attack.
In addition, Marco Rose expects the next steps from Youssoufa Moukoko and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens; the two fast-paced youngsters should cause a sensation from the bench with Gio Reyna, who was permanently injured in the current season, and – especially Reyna – have the prospect of applying for a regular place.
The black and yellow squad planners are also stepping on the gas in central midfield and want to provide Rose with a real winner. Konrad Laimer and Xaver Schlager are currently up for discussion, with their qualities a real enrichment for the team and especially for Marco Rose’s tactical ideas.
Rose now has a long summer to work with the modified squad and continue to hone its automatisms and philosophies.
The fact that BVB has strengthened Rose’s position and at the same time provided him with a much stronger team that is more adapted to the coach could lead to what BVB was lacking this season: consistency. Keeping the coaching position calm and drawing the right conclusions and building on that to achieve results on the transfer market is truly remarkable after a season like this.
It wouldn’t be surprising if there was a lot of euphoria in the Dortmund fan camp over the summer. And that’s also because Marco Rose finally gets the chance to become a key figure at BVB.
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