Poor month by your standards but still top of the league and a good away leg so still going strong
Bean steadies the ship as Dortmund dominate in March
A hugely disappointing month last month, saw Bayern catch up on current league leaders Borussia Dortmund. But Bean promised fans that the performances will be a drastic improvement from what they were last month and he was not wrong.
Dortmund VS Inter Milan: Champions League Last 16 Second Leg 1-0
After the first leg away in the intimidating San Siro, Joshua Bean and Borussia Dortmund welcomed Roberto Mancini's Inter Milan side to Germany, as the two sides locked horns in what everyone knew, was going to be a very tense match.
An away goal for Inter Milan early on could potentially end the match, if they would then be able to defend much like Dortmund did in the first half.
Davide Santon nearly created the away goal after just four minutes, when his cross cannoned off the cross bar and bounced into the path of Mauro Icardi who somehow managed to blast the ball over the bar from just several yards out.
Mancini was distraught whereas Bean was able to breath a very deep sigh of relief.
Dortmund fans were creating a wonderful atmosphere as they always do and when half-time came and went with the scores still level, they racked up the noise to try and encourage then men forward.
Samir Handanović somehow managed to claw not one but two rebound shots from firstly Aubameyang and then Julian Weigl, with both players left in shock that they weren't able to take the lead.
The game went into extra-time, the entire tie still without a goal. The pressure was huge and the tension was felt around the stadium.
But as the first half of extra time, entered added time, Mario Fernandes looked up from the ball and pinged a hopeful looking punt towards his teammate Aubameyang. The ball landed with a heavy thud and as a result, bounced high and aggressively forwards, this wrong footed Samir Handanović, who was not expecting such a vicious bounce, the ball tragically bounced over his head and to his despair, Aubameyang was able to catch up with the ball and send it on its way into the back of the net.
The goal would win the tie for Dortmund as they were able to hold out, the match ended in controversy as Mancini and Bean left without shaking hands nor talking, but it did not ruin the night for Dortmund fans.
Dortmund VS Hertha Berlin 2-0
Bean as well as promising an improvement this month, he also made it abundantly clear to the public that Dortmund will be a lot more solid defensively.
This game proved that, as for the first time in one and a half season, Dortund finished the match with less than 10 shots, but only allowed two shots at goal themselves.
Just minutes into the second half, Julian Weigl scored from just several yards out, skilfully dragging the ball back and leaving the keeper on the floor, allowing for him to tap the ball in without an real pressure.
It was amazing composure from the youngster, following a heavy pass from Xabi Alonso.
With just three minutes remaining, Aubameyang finished the match off, this time running onto a perfectly weighted pass from goalscorer Weigl, which he was able to curl past the keeper as he rushed out to close him down.
Kaiserlautern VS Dortmund 0-2
A comfortable win for Dortmund which was in the end over shadowed by the red card shown to the home side player, Lukas Gortler for his disgusting two footed lunch, into the back of Marco Reus who was lucky to escape injury.
During the more pleasant part of the match, Mkhitaryan scored once again this season, once again tapping in from close range, following a vicious cross from Marco Reus that narrowly evaded everyone apart from the winger who has been in superb form all season.
With just eight minutes remaining in the match, Aubameyang put the game to rest, scoring once more this season, this time from the penalty spot, after Jorge was deemed to have been brought down.
With just seconds remaining the referee was forced to send off Lukas Gortler for his challenge, which would later draw fierce criticism from all areas of German football.
Dortmund VS Schalke 1-0
Bean was once again taking control over arguably one of the fiercest rivalry matches in Europe, with these sides quite openly despising each other, on and off the field. The fans openly hate each other and players are often lost in the passion of the occasion and find themselves getting carried away physically.
Mkhitaryan however had his cool head on, as he scored a wonderful curling effort after just seven minutes from the corner of the 18 yard box, with the ball smacking off the far post and into the opposite corner.
New expensive signing, youngster José Giménez, was one of the player to get carried away and he was sent off and later banned for three matches, for throwing an elbow during a free-kick. The defender protested his innocence and the fans were disgusted with the referee, but the replays showed that an elbow was certainly used.
Dortmund managed to hang on and Schalke yet again dropped points at the hands of their rivals.
I am beyond happy with this month. Four wins in four. Six goals in four games. Zero goals conceded in four games. There is nothing more I can ask for from my players in this month and I am delighted to have progressed further in Europe.