Pre season results
Pre season was an enjoyable affair with some good results and even better performances, there have been some big devlopments in the first team especially in the striker position.
Pre season match 1: Atlas 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
I made the foolish mistake of handing over the responsibility of managing this game to my assistant manager, Zeljko Buvac, and boy did I pay for it! As such I can't really give my opinion on this game.
Pre season match 2: SV Reis 1-3 Borussia Dortmund
: A much improved display, as despite the team lacking in match fitness we played very well to my tactics as we marched on to a 3-1 victory two goals in the opening eight minutes sealed the game in effect for us after a penalty from Milos Jojic and a header from Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeng. The scoring wasn't done there either as in the 85th minute as Oguzhan Aydogan tapped the ball into the net from a Tammo Harder free kick.
Pre season match 3: FK Austrian Wien 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
A quite cagey performance in truth where there were little chances for either side with game being a midfield battle we did eventually find the net through a Tammo Harder header on twenty eight minutes and four minutes into the second half after a superb curling effort from Aubamyeng just inside the penalty area.
Pre season match 4: Neustrelitz 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
After a brace from Harder on fourteen minutes the game quickly fizzled out, Harder's double was brilliant however showing he has all the makings of a Dortmund legend for the future. His first came after just six minutes after a long range shot from Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng stung the palms of Neustrelitz goalkeeper Daniel Bittner who could only parry the ball into the path of Tammo Harder who made no mistake side footing the ball into the net. Just eight minutes later after an over hit through ball by Aubamyeng rolled into the path of Daniel Bittner who dawdled on the ball giving hardworking Tammo Harder just enough time to smash the ball into the back of the Neustrelitz net. These goals pretty much killed off the game and I was very pleased to see that we effectively sealed the game so quickly.
Pre season match 5: Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Fiorentina
The second best Pre season performance was in this match, the first goal was scored by Sebastian Kehl in the sixteenth minute after a cross by Lukas Piszczek was taken down beautifully by the defensive midfielder and walloped into the net. After much sparring we got another chance to score in the eight fourth minute when cross some shot from Piszczek hit Aleksandar Dragovic and as Micah Richards failed to clear Ivan Klasnic pounced to score a real poachers goal.(See I told you guys he could score)
Pre season match 6: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 AS Roma
And our best performance of Pre season, (and result) all down to a brilliant hat-rick from Pierre Emerick Aubamyeng. The first came after just eight six seconds, the first corner was cleared to the halfway line by Sven Bender and Aubamyeng took it down beautifully and set of on a blistering run into the Roma half leaving Raja Nainggolan eating his dust as Ashley Cole (in no man's land) was trying to cover the shot (I think) then he turned, cut inside and pushed the ball through Nainggolan's legs and as Ashley Cole tried to close him down he fired an unstoppable shot past Lukas Skorupski into the net. His second came late in the first half after some beautiful passing football we worked the ball to Tammo Harder who squared the ball to the Gabonese striker who lashed it into the Roma net. His final goal came courtesy of the penalty spot, again we pushed the Italians back and after some pretty build up play Ashley Young threaded a exquisite through ball to 'PEA' whose left footed attempt was blocked by Morgan De Scantis. But as he ran to keep the ball in play he was hacked down by Kostas Manolas and the referee correctly gave a penalty, he took the shot calmly and into the top right corner it went beating De Scantis for shear pace and power on the shot.
Overall I think this Pre season has given me a lot to think about in terms of who do I play for the opening Bundesliga fixture against Bayer04 do I play, PEA, Ramos, Immobile or Klasnic? Immobile is hoping to shake off strained wrist injury and become match fit for the opening fixture before that though I must focus my effort on the first round of the German Cup against Speurtefrunde Siegen.
Player of Pre season
I could have easily picked Aubamyeng, Bender or Horn for this but I've decided to go for Tammo Harder as having impressed me so much having not played with the first team before I think he deserves it for how well he's gelled with Aubamyeng, he's scored goals and his general play has been excellent.
Without a shadow of a doubt the suprise star of Pre season has been Sebastian Kehl, he was a sub player for the opening two games, but as Sven Bender was moved to Centre Back (after the departure of Neven Subotic) he exploded into life and his goal against Fiorentina was more than deserved. I really wasn't expecting the thirty four year old veteran to make the impact he did and he may well feature more than expected now.