Germany international Karim Bellarabi got off to a bright start this preseason, scoring once and assisting four goals in just four matches.
Borussia Dortmund: Preseason
Borussia Dortmund enjoyed a short but successful preseason ahead of their 2015/2016 domestic campaign, taking on Siegen, Teplice, Sporting (POR), and Kuban. Der BVB won all four games, outscoring their opponents 16-1, including a 4-1 demolition of the best of the four teams, Sporting.
A number of new signings started gelling with the first team and preparing for the upcoming year in style. Let's take a look at each of the games, and how players performed over the course of this friendly campaign.
SIEGEN 0-4 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Kevin Volland, Karim Bellarabi, Samuel Umtiti, Munir El Haddadi
TEPLICE 0-5 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Samuel Umtiti, Ilkay Gundogan, Milos Jojic, Munir El Haddadi, Florian Thauvin
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-1 SPORTING
Neven Subotic, Shinji Kagawa, Munir El Haddadi (x2)
KUBAN 0-3 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Marco Reus, Sedat Erarslan (x2)
As a whole, the preseason went smashingly. New signing Munir El Haddadi, who came over from FC Barcelona, led the way with four goals in three games. Unfortunately, the youthful striker picked up a gashed leg against Sporting and will miss the DFL-Supercup. Karim Bellarabi also played excellently, racking up four assists.
One of the biggest talking points were the struggles of Mauro Icardi. The Italian striker started all four friendlies but failed to make any sort of an impact, neither scoring nor assisting even once. He played 45 minutes in each match but managed only two shots total, just one of which was on frame. Unless he picks things up, Icardi may just be the newest super-expensive flop.
One of the most exciting moments for Borussia Dortmund fans was that of the unofficial debut of Sedat Erarslan. The 15 year old Turkish-born German has been with the club since he was seven years old and scored 2 goals in his first 2 friendlies with the U19 side this year. Brian Laudrup brought the teenager on against Kuban and watched him score two beautifully taken goals, proving that he was one for the future.
The competitive season starts in 7 days for Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup against last year's Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich. Despite missing star striker Munir, many fans are hoping that der BVB can one-up Bayern just as they did in the DFB-Pokal last season. With preseason complete, it's only a matter of time before the drama gets underway.