Bean wastes no time in January window, signing right back Mario Fernandes from CSKA Moscow
Joshua Bean made it clear after his previous press conference that he is itching to use his remaining transfer budget, left over from the summer, to sign an experienced right back, at least at club level.
Bean has been able to do just that, signing Brazilian right back Mario Fernandes from Russian side CSKA Moscow for £12.5 million.
Mario has built himself quite a reputation while playing in Russia and has even managed to gain five caps for his national side, despite multiple disputes with the national football body, as well as competing in the Champions League with Moscow on multiple occasions.
At just 25 years of age, the Brazilian has time on his side to grow and mature under Bean, but he also has the ability to impact immediately.
Borussia Dortmund have been plagued with injuries and inconsistent play from their several right back options, even having to occasionally play young centre bank Matthias Ginter out of his position several times.
Fernandes is able to play immediately for Dortmund.
The winter break and Dortmund's first defeat in months
It was a good time to be a Der BVB fan, the side were dominating opposition teams, top the league and their players were in fine form sweeping the world awards ceremony.
The purchase of Mario Fernandes was enough to heighten the mood of the Dortmund fans, with Bean quickly establishing himself as a trustworthy manager in the eyes of the Yellow Wall.
Two matches and two solid results for Borussia Dortmund over their winter break.
Joshua Bean used the matches against much weaker opposition on a friendly situation, as an excuse to play two different starting XI's with a mix of starters and squad players in each side. It allowed Josh to see who is fully fit and also who plays well with who, as a key component to Dortmund's success thus far this season was the way in which their players gelled together so well.
Dortmund VS Werder Bremen 5-0
The first fixture since the winter break and a Dortmund debut for new signing Mario Fernandes from CSKA Moscow and what a game for the Brazilian full back to be involved in for his first taste of German First Division football.
The full back actually contributed two assists in his very first game for his new club.
It took just 33 seconds for Dortmund to take the lead against the visitors courtesy of a shambolic own goal. Fernandes then made his first contribution in the yellow kit of Dortmund, linking up with Kagawa on the right flank, leaving himself with acres of space to fizz in a cross weighted perfectly for Aubameyang to run onto and finish first time.
It was once again then time for Player of the Year and Golden Ball winner Marco Reus, to put the defence to the sword as he scored yet another hat trick this season.
His first goal came directly from a free-kick just several yards outside of the opposition area, a dipping free-kick which looked destined to float harmlessly over, but swerved enough to hit the post and bounce over the line.
His next two goals were beautiful teamwork goals. His second saw Gundogan chip the ball in behind the defenders for Aubameyang to run onto and the striker made no mistake rolling the ball across the face of goal for Reus to tap into an empty net. Fernandes got his second assist of the game after some delightful link up play between the players, saw the debutante yet again in space. This time he cut back towards the edge of the 18 yard box, swinging in a perfect cross towards the back post and the German winger was there to meet it with his head.
My man of the match:
Yet again Marco Reus claims this accolade. His hat-trick humiliated the visiting side and he is yet again putting his case forward for being the star man in this surging Dortmund side.
Leverkusen VS Dortmund 0-3
Yet another dominant performance from the team in yellow saw them go home with all three points here.
Young midfielder Julian Weigl opened the scoring with an acrobatically superb scissor kick inside the area, wowing fans and teammates alike. The 20 year old central midfielder, looked delighted with his effort has he sprinted across to the corner flag to celebrate.
Aubameyang continued his fine form in this fixture, scoring a brace as he helped steer his side to victory. After Weigl's opening goal, it was rather shaky from the Dortmund players, gifting possession away far too often and nearly conceding from two corners in quick succession.
But it was a decisive breakaway from yet another Leverkusen set piece, which saw Aubameyang score his first of the game.
Mats Hummels headed away emphatically and Reus found himself with acres of space, after burning past his opposing full back he played an early ball in for the pace of Aubameyang, who knocked it past the keeper and tapped it into an empty net.
Aubameyang's second goal surprisingly came from a corner, as the striker not known for aerial prowess's, rose above everybody to headed the ball home.
My man of the match:
This goes to midfielder Gundogan, who pulled the strings from central midfield. He was he one who started most of the attacks and also put in a solid shift defensively, helping his side stem the oncoming flow of the Leverkusen players.
Bayern Munich VS Dortmund 2-1
In what some pundits, maybe a bit too early, were claiming could be a potential title decider, Munich hosted league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund dominated the game from start to finish, something that even Munich manager Pep Guardiola conceded in his post-match press conference, but in the end it was his side that still came away with the 3 points in a vital fixture.
Dortmund attacked from the go and if it wasn't for a stunning save from German international Manual Neur, denying Gundogan, then it would have been 1-0 after just three minutes. As it was, Marco Reus latched on the end of a slightly over hit Shinji Kagawa cross and managed to get his foot to the ball, steering it home.
The league leaders dominated possession but were not able to score a second and they were made to pay for this mistake.
Former Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze scored twice in stoppage time to leave Joshua Bean devastated.
The young Munich man, equalised in the 91st minute after a Lewandowski shot was well saved but could only be hacked half clear by Hummels, Robben had the initiative to lay the ball off to a better placed Mario Gotze, who curled it home.
The home fans were ecstatic then, but they were about to get even more so.
Gotze played in winger Robben who crossed first time for Xavi Alonso on the edge of the box. The Spanish midfielder played a delicious first time ball to Gotze outside of him, who had continued his run from his original pass, and the former Dortmund man slotted it past the despairing goal keeper.
My man of the match:
For a defeat it is always difficult to pick a man of the match, but it has to be Kagawa. The side as a whole played well and the Japanese winger, got an assist for his troubles.
Player of the month:
This months player of the month goes to Mats Hummels for his solid performance in every single on the of the fixtures, he rarely looked threatened and he was not at fault for either of the only two goals Dortmund conceded this month.
Goal of the month:
It of course has to go to Julian Weigl for his scissor kick from just inside the area, it stunned everyone in attendance and it will certainly be a contender for goal of the season.
After the disappointing loss to Bayern Munich in the last game of January, Munich were able to close the gap. With an inevitable surge on the horizon by the giants of German football, Bean knew he had to guide his side to another stunning month and that is exactly what he did, winning every game apart from one loss yet again at the end of the month.
Dortmund VS Mainz 3-1
In a rallying cry from captain Mats Hummels, the German and Borussia Dortmund centre-back called for his club side to put the loss against Munich behind them and push on wards.
It would seem Aubameyang took heed of this, as it took him just a mere two minutes to open the goal scoring for the day, with a first time volley just yards out courtesy of a Mario Fernandes cross. The Mainz keeper could do nothing to prevent the shot from point blank range as it flew past his head into the back of the net.
Firm fan favourite Shinji Kagawa then made it 2-0 just before the half an hour mark, heading in at the back post, courtesy of a Marco Reus floating cross which beat everyone, including the goalkeeper. The keepers misjudgement of the flight of the ball, gave Kagawa an empty net to head home making it 2-0.
However on the stroke of half-time, Mainz were able to pull one back thanks to a penalty, given away by Park Joo-Ho, bringing down his man with an ill-timed slide tackle.
With just minutes remaining however, Aubameyang made it 3-1 and secured all three points scoring from the penalty spot himself.
The man of the match for this game is new signing, Mario Fernandes. He was unbeatable defensively, marking both rotating wingers out of the game, He also got things off to a great start with a pin point cross to set up Aubameyang after just two minutes.
Dortmund VS Bremen: German Cup Quarter Finals 5-1
A stunning victory which Bean stated after the game "shocked him", Dortmund humiliated Werder Bremen in the quarter finals of the German Cup, thanks to an Aubameyang hat-trick.
Bremen actually took the lead away from home after just seven minutes, Claudio Pizarro with an emphatic header from close range, after a in swinging corner.
But things changed very quickly for Bremen, as Aubameyang tied the game up some minutes later, with a brilliant solo run, reminiscent of Maradona against England in the World Cup, jinxing past player after player before finally rounding the keeper and passing into an empty net.
A Marco Reus free-kick struck the inside of the post, leaving the keeper stranded and beyond belief when the rebound, landed perfectly for Aubameyang to simply pass the ball in.
Youngster Julian Wiegl added his name to the score sheet, with a close range header after Reus managed to turn his marker inside out and then crossed with his weaker foot to an open Wiegl. By half-time Bremen had fallen apart.
Aubameyang scored his third goal just minutes into the second half, after some beautiful build up play between himself and Gundgoan allowing him to blast it beyond a despairing goalkeeper.
Reus then scored from a close range free-kick to round off the stunning day.
As I often point out, hat-tricks don't come around every week, so when they do the player in question deserves all the plaudits sent his way.
Darmstadt VS Dortmund 0-3
Yet another superb performance by Joshua Bean's Borussia Dortmund side. By this point in the season, Aubameyang was simply taking the mickey now, scoring goals relentlessly. Another brace today saw Dortmund secure all three points.
The striker opened the scoring on the day, with an emphatic first time finish into the bottom corner, after a Gundogan shot was blocked by the defenders, it rebounded to Aubameyang who swept it home.
Several minutes into the second half, Aubameyang scored his second and effectively secured the win with a stunning long range strike, which hit the underside of the bar and bounced in. The strike was from all of 25 yards and the striker looked ecstatic to score such a long distance goal, despite being more well known for being a goal poacher.
Julian Wiegl scored a goal identical to the Aubameyang's opening goal, Reus had his shot blocked off the line, only for it to bounce for Wiegl to slot home.
The man of the match for this one has to be Julian Weigl, the young lad not only scored today but was an essential cog in every single one of Dortmund's attacks today.
Dortmund VS Rubin Kazan 1st and 2nd Leg 7-3 agg
A goal machine of a match, over two legs there were 10 goals scored between the two sides. Dortmund won the tie in the first leg, with a 4-1 victory away from home. a goalkeeper own goal was a horrific way for Kazan to start, but it was only the start of the onslaught.
An Aubameyang penalty just 10 minutes later, really put Kazan up against it and with Papasthoulos scoring a bullet header on the 25 minute mark, it was game over for Kazan.
The home side did pull one back in the 71st minute, giving them hope for the second leg, until Aubameyang scored a header from several yards out.
In the second leg Bean played a fully rotated side and it ended with an entertaining 3-2 victory. Kazan, much to their credit, equalised twice in this game. Gonzalo Castro scored from a free-kick to give Dortmund the lead, they were pegged back thanks to a Ruslan Combolov goal from near enough on the goal line.
Adrian Ramos, who had begged Bean for game time too this opportunity to show him what he could do and he scored the 2nd Dortmund goal of the game. A fine curling shot, from just inside the area. However a Rubin Kazan penalty made it 2-2 and they looked like they were going to restore some pride. But Ramos ruined the day, scoring from a header with minutes to go, to win the game for Dortmund.
For a manager who has been told is a bully to Adrian Ramos (he thinks he deserves to start ahead of Aubameyang can you blame me for laughing!!) I was very impressed with his overall performance and not just his goals. He was a constant threat to the opposition and could have quite easily scored a few more on the day.
Dortmund VS Stuttgart 3-0
Seriously can Aubameyang actually stop scoring my God I may as well just call this the 'Aubameyang story'!
Another two goals today along with a goal from German winger, Marco Reus, gave Dortmund a very, very, comfortable 3-0 win at home. Aubameyang as he often does, opened the scoring, thanks to a close range half volley after a delightful cross from Fernandes. He scored his second just minutes later, this time from a Kagawa cross, which found the striker at the far post who then slotted him from a mere few yards out.
Reus rounded off the game with a penalty, after being brought down in the box, he collected himself, placed the ball down and blasted it straight down the middle.
Another fine performance by Aubameyang and with it, rumours starting to swirl that Arsenal and Manchester City are interested in the striker
Augsburg VS Dortmund 2-1
A truly odd game from Dortmund, who should have won this game comfortably and claimed a great 100% month record. But instead they conceded after just 33 seconds from a long punt up field by the keeper, which evaded Hummels and was tapped in past a marooned Dortmund keeper.
Aubameyang equalised exactly 22 seconds later and the goal and seen two goals in less than two minutes, but after this, Dortmund very quickly became the weaker side, with Augsburg hitting the woodwork twice in the next 20 minutes.
The eventual winner was scored on the strike of half-time and despite Beans reportedly ferocious team talk, Dortmund weren't able to muster up the momentum to score an equaliser.
This goes to Gundogan, despite not scoring or getting an assist he was defensively very solid and created a lot of chances for the front three of Kagawa, Reus and Aubameyang. It was just an off day shooting wise, otherwise Gundogan could have walked away with a bagful of assists.
Losing the last game of the month again is infuriating, the loss last month to Bayern Munich away from home can be excused quite easily. But home or away in this sort of form, Augsburg should not be a serious problem the fact that we lost is embarrassing.
But all in all it was another stunning month!
Yeah we get it Josh you like Aubameyang, clam down! No seriously this mans form is beyond insane, his stats average sit around 8.28 at the moment, which for a poacher is insane. With just a few months left, for the first time this season I have looked at the league table and thought we can truly keep this top spot! Munich are slowing closing in, but with Aunameyang scoring for fun like he is, I can't see us dropping too many points! Another amazing month for the man.
This one goes to *drum roll* Aubameyang (wow shock) for his mazey run against Bremen in the German Cup Quarter Finals.