03|01 VORBEREITUNG: KEEPING UP WITH BAYERN

SeasonThree.EpisodeOne | Vorbereitung

Welcome to the latest instalment of my journey with Borussia Dortmund. Last time out, we completed our second season in charge with a league title claimed. Now we look to build on that and make a real go of the Champions League.

As always, you can get in touch with me in the comments below, via twitter @fmfutbolmanager, or my slack channel #fmFutbolManager — if you’re not a part of the Football Manager Slack community, then you can join here!

Now, onto the update.

First up, Bayern sacked Niko Kovac just 10 days after the season ended. They’ve replaced him with Diego Simeone. I don’t know how I feel about this yet.

The Bundesliga remains in fourth position in the competitions rankings list, behind Serie A, the Premier League, and La Liga. We should be pushing higher as a nation and hopefully we can achieve that with some better runs in the Champions League in the coming years.

As far as Dortmund are concerned, we’ve dropped to 19th in the European club rankings.  Not helped by Favre’s poor show in the Champions League where no games were won. Bayern sit top of this particular table.

This pre-season is about planning for the future and making sure that we can keep the pace with Bayern, as we know they’ll be spending close to another €200M this window.

TRANSFER BUSINESS | OUT

With Dortmund it’s always a busy window. A lot of our players are wanted by other clubs so it’s hard to keep hold of them and plan for the future, but it’s what we have to get used to.

OUT | Roman Bürki | €11.75M (potential €16M) to Dynamo Kyiv

Okay so this might seem like a crazy deal, but there’s a reason for it. We signed a top keeper, and Roman wasn’t happy about it, so we accepted the first bid that came in for him and wish him well for the future. I would have liked him to fight for his place, but he had no desire to do that, and in all fairness, I don’t think he has the ability to, either.

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OUT | Christian Pulisic | €92M to Barcelona

Not a lot I could do about this. Fortunately, when we renewed Christian’s contract last season, we increased his release clause from €62M to €92M so we got more than we would have if we didn’t renew. However, he always wanted to take the next step, so again, we wish him well.

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OUT | Maximilian Philipp | €38M to Lazio

A part of his loan agreement was the transfer to be made permanent. Philipp never really got going for me, and despite having undeniable quality, if you don’t put that to use, then you will be of no use. And the near €40M will come in handy.

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TRANSFER BUSINESS | IN

With players leaving there will always be players arriving. We’re signing younger players this season, with a view to training them to play where and how we need them to play.

IN | Ederson | €61M from Manchester City

I still don’t know how this happened. I was looking through my scout reports, and looking at the stats for goals conceded per 90 and Ederson was second from top. I noticed he was unhappy, so I added him as a transfer target and thought nothing more of it. However, somehow Michael Zorc got a deal done and we now have a real world class ‘keeper!

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IN | Jordi Mboula | On loan from Monaco

I was in two minds about this deal, but I needed someone on the wing to replace Pulisic and with my reservations about Wolf, I wanted someone else to come in and offer support for when we get busy. Having worked with Jordi before, I know what he can bring to a team, so delighted to have him with us and see what he can do.

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IN | Lincoln | €13M from Flamengo

I’ve been watching Lincoln for about 18 months now. I had tried to do a deal earlier but we just didn’t want to pay up for the amount his club were asking. However, he signed a new contract with them, and it came with a €13M release clause. We activated that straight away, and despite Napoli showing an interest, he chose to come to us. I will be retraining him as a winger as I think he can be very useful for us as a wide striker.

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PRESEASON RESULTS

Preseason has gone well. We’ve trained hard and come away relatively unscathed. We’ve had some tough matches and most of the players are coming through them with good performances which should lead us into the next season full of confidence.

It’s important that we hit the ground running because with Simeone at Bayern now, it isn’t going to be easy!

Not too much of a shift in terms of tactics.

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We’ve not made too many changes from last season so all in all what won us the title will hopefully be good enough for a push this season.

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That will do for now, I look forward to sharing the season ahead with you.

Until next time, tschüss.

Oliver Jensen

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