August. Sun & football – nothing else matters. The sun simply shines into the Westfalenstadion and makes the sea of yellow Borussia Dortmund jerseys shine.
The Super Cup was the first piece of silverware to enter the Borussia Dortmund trophy cabinet for the season. Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang were enough to defeat double winners Bayern Munich.
As Jurgen Klopp & co showed off their beautiful trophy, the fans at Signal Iduna Park were confident that their team would have no problems in keeping up with the pace of the Bundesliga and their rivals. Trouble? They’re not used to that.
However, this season hasn’t been plain sailing and many did fear Borussia Dortmund’s hopes of staying in the Bundesliga as they were sitting in the relegation zone as the winter break arrived. Defeated, flat and down-beat. However, Dortmund fans are special. Do you think they were calling for Klopp’s head and for the club to seek a new manager? No. Do you think they were angered, but still stood by their players and staff? Of course. Dortmund love Klopp and Klopp loves Dortmund. They haven’t had it easy this year. Constant injuries to Marco Reus and a few other players have made it difficult. However, they are back.
Dortmund then found themselves back on their feet. Reus fit, Aubameyang finding some form and the fans are happy again.
Klopp and his players described their lack of form as a ‘blip’ and pointed to their fine form in the Champions League, where the first four group stage games had been wins.
Scrappy home victories back in the Bundesliga over Borussia Monchengladbach and Hoffenheim aside, things still didn’t seem to be looking up for Dortmund
The weeks and matches went by without improvement, confidence drained further, questions were posed but no answers were coming from the BVB camp. The defensive mistakes continued to cost points, the criticism from the faithful fans grew, the ‘blip’ became a full-blown affair.
They dipped into the relegation zone just before the winter pause, losing at Werder Bremen, and then, after all the claims that a corner had been turned, their form still wasn’t picking up as they would have hoped.
They did then go and draw at Leverkusen, but credit was silenced by results elsewhere that didn’t help and then saw themselves in 18th and last place. The ultimate humiliation for such a big club.
Dortmund had one-eye on relegation a few years back but it was nothing like the current crisis. Too big to go down? Don’t believe it for a second.
In 2013, Jurgen Klopp inspired the Dortmund side to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final and rarely has any manager’s stock fallen so dramatically.
At every chance possible, Arsenal fans were linking the Dortmund manager with a job at the Emirates as they started to lose hope in Arsene Wenger.
If there is one thing every football-fan can learn from the BVB faithful is just to be patient and have trust in your club. It’s football, it happens. There is no point in putting your team under heavy criticism. Of course, voice your frustration, but be there to support them at the same time.