On Saturday, the season’s second Der Klassiker takes place in Bavaria as Bayern host Dortmund.
A win for the home side would give Julian Nagelsmann’s side their 10th consecutive title. With no end to Bayern’s dominance insight, why have Borussia Dortmund not been able to stop the monopoly Bayern hold in Germany?
It’s been ten years since Borussia Dortmund were last champions of Germany. That side, led by now Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, eased to their eighth German title, beating rivals Bayern by 8 points.
When looking at this side, it’s clear to see why Klopp’s side was unstoppable in Germany. Robert Lewandowski was the league’s third top goal scorer with 22 goals as Dortmund was the league’s most prolific scorers with 80.
Lewandowski was helped upfront by the talented Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze, Ivan Perisic and newcomer Ilkay Gundogan. The defence, which was the third-best in the Bundesliga, had the centre-back partnership of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic.
The next season may not have been the greatest title defence in the Bundesliga, losing to Bayern by 25 points. The Champions League however almost proved to be the perfect end to this era of Dortmund dominance. Bayern had other ideas, with Arjen Robben netting the winner at Wembley in a 2-1 win.