It has been a busy off-season for Borussia Dortmund as the club renowned for being one of the best in the business at working the transfer market are splashing the cash on plenty of new signings once again. After the departures of three all-time great BVB talents in Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the side have worked tirelessly to attempt to replace their irreplaceable men with several new signings making Dortmund a very intriguing side next season. This is 3-ways that Borussia Dortmund could line up at the start of the German Bundesliga season on 1899 Hoffenheim on August 27th.
In their entire existence, Borussia Dortmund might have never played Pep Guardiola’s favourite formation: 4-1-4-1. However, with loads of attacking options coming in to the mix. A 4-1-4-1 could turn out to be the perfect system for the Black and Yellows. This would be the best option to get the best performance out of all of Dortmund’s best attacking talents, but with Julian Weigl being the 1 shield in front of back four and being only 21 years old next season, that might be too much to ask. If I was the manager of Borussia Dortmund this is how I would play in the very first game and then when it doesn’t work out I’d probably resort back to their good old 4-2-3-1.
Thomas Tuchel changed quite a bit when he took over from Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, but one thing that stayed the same was the 4-2-3-1 formation. This is certainly the most likely formation that Dortmund will play but it unfortunately means that fan favourite, Shinji Kagawa will likely miss out on a starting spot. Kagawa could be brought deeper into the midfield instead of Sahin, but it’s clear that young Julian Weigl will need more help in the midfield than Kagawa can provide. Despite spending most of last season out injured, Sahin is still Dortmund’s best defensive midfielder and could be set to shine this season. This formation would also get the best out of all of BVB’s attacking talents and would be nothing new to any one of these players.
3-5-2 (Wildcard/Champions League)
With the UEFA Champions League and DFB Pokal action worry about on top of the German Bundesliga, der BVB are going to need to change their lineup very often. Players like Gotze and Schurrle often don’t even last a full 90-minutes let alone two consecutive games. Players like Castro, Rode and Schmelzer meanwhile could be key options to have for Europa League games. But, players like Ousmane Dembele and Christian Pulisic are probably going to still be reserved to the substitute bench and may have to bide their time for a place in the starting 11. Elsewhere, certain players like Reus, Aubemeyang, Weigl and Piszczek are guaranteed a spot in the starting 11 regardless of the circumstances.
So there it is! 3 ways Borussia Dortmund could lineup next season. More on Borussia Dortmund’s 2016-17 season to come as The Mastermind looks forward to the upcoming season and hopes that BVB can even challenge Bayern Munich for the title this year.