Borussia Dortmund: Swiss Preseason Tour
It was an exciting, positive start to Brian Laudrup's managerial career, winning four out of five friendlies with Borussia Dortmund against various Swiss teams on their initial preseason tour. Even though quite a few first team players were not back with Dortmund after their World Cup layoff, it was still a nice way to see how the Dortmund team were preparing for the upcoming season under a new boss.
The team played a very attacking brand of football, perhaps more so than the style under Klopp, and scored a decent 12 goals. 10 of those hits came from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and and Henrikh Mhkitaryan, two stars that formed a wonderful attacking partnership, wreaking havoc in ever single match with their pace and utter class.
The results, at first glance, show signs of great promise. Further analysis of each match continues to reveal the forward steps that the German side have made so early in the year. The team had their first major show of resilience against Servette, where they came back from a shock 3-1 deficit to eventually triumph in a brilliant 4-3 comeback.
The next match was the only blip of the Swiss tour. Vaduz scored twice in the opening twenty minutes, and it took far too long for Laudrup's men to get back into the game, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's late goal was nothing more than consolation.
The next two games, though, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang started brightly, scoring in the first twenty minutes in each one to set his team up for success, obviously learning from previous mistakes. Again Dortmund overcame the adversity of losing for the first time this preseason, managing to continue their good form despite the confidence blow.
Most of the players from the World Cup will now return to the club in time for the last few friendlies; the players from the World Cup winning Germany team, however, will not arrive until two days after the DfL Supercup against FC Bayern.
Player of the Swiss Tour
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is my choice for Borussia Dortmund's best player over the course of the Swiss tour. Scoring five goals in five games, the same as Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Gabonese attacker was hugely influential in every move going forward and unsettled numerous opponents with his pace. Should he continue this form, he will be a key during the season.