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Dortmund's Injury Crisis?
For the second season in succession Borussia Dortmund are having to endure another series of injury problems
In 2013/14 Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munchen were virtually neck and neck in early season and it looked as though the Black and Yellows would launch a serious title assault on the 2013 Treble winners, but when midfield injuries started to pile up after Matchday 12 they struggled to pick up the points, lumbering to 3 straight defeats before the winter break, the first time since March 2000 that BvB had endured the same, and ending the season 19 points behind Bayern Munchen. Fast forward a few months and the Black and Yellows look in danger of repeating events.
With two long term injuries to midfield destroyer Sven Bender and Playmaker Shinji Kagawa, along with a Hernia problem for promising Serbian Milos Jojic mean BvB are looking extremely stretched again in midfield, with Turkish international Nuri Sahin still not back to full fitness following various knee injuries over the summer. This along with serious hits to the frontline has seen Dortmund opt for a more possession based style. 'We've had to adapt to the circumstances, with a lot of players injured as well as some suspended I've had to think and say. Boys we need to change for a while.'
http://i.eurosport.com/2011/11/24/784424-13368812-640-360.jpgBender faces a long spell on the sidelines after his leg break.
Could it be Jurgen Klopp's infamous counter attack that is their downfall? Kloppo has said it himself 'The players can't be expected to keep running all the time, after a while they will get tired.' this could certainly be true in players like Kevin Großkreutz, Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan. Two of the afore mentioned players have both endured serious injuries in the past 12 months along with several others including Sven Bender, Shinji Kagawa and Nuri Sahin.
But even with a supposedly more reserved style for last season they still managed the most sprints in Bundesliga on most Matchdays last season. 'It's in the club's DNA to get the ball into the opposition box as quickly as possible and that won't change, but that's not a bad thing it shows we have a philosophy.'
Yet the Black and Yellows have coped far better this season than they did last campaign, the squad looks considerably better in depth and with no injuries to key players BvB are looking strong. 'The importance is that we have a relaxed team spirit and that has been here for many years. I do believe the squad is stronger and will be able to challenge for even more trophies than before, but we are definitely benefiting from Jurgen Klopp's foundations he's put this club in a great place allowing me the success I have so far oversaw.
http://mediadb.kicker.de/2012/fussball/trainer/xl/2641_17_201171115369608.jpgIconic is reaping the rewards from Klopp's era but has definitely added more to the melting pot at BvB.
Borussia Dortmund; Injury prone or Bad luck? We'll leave you to answer that, keep a look out for interviews with Marco Reus and Mats Iconic to come soon.
Sorry this update took so long everyone but like I said I've got exams in school right now, I do hope you enjoyed and the November update will come out next week hopefully! :)