The sea of black and yellow that flooded Augsburg on Sunday afternoon was a sight to behold. The reason? Dortmund’s climb back up to the top with the Bundesliga title within their grasp for the first time in 11 years. After Bayern’s monumental defeat to Leipzig, Die Schwarzgelben control their own destiny and will be looking to create history with just one win standing between them and the Bundesliga title.
Dortmund have constantly suffered agony when handed chances like this previously. Their 3-2 loss against Werder Bremen after being 2-0 up was the first hiccup in their journey. A mix of horror defending and sloppy teamwork giving Stuttgart the chance to equalize and make the score 3-3 in April was the next such instance. But throughout it all, even with inconsistency that plagues the team persisting, it has still managed to put together its best league run in years.
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But when it matters the most, Dortmund are showing maturity beyond their years. Even with Jude Bellingham’s absence on Sunday, Edin Terzic’s team played football characteristic of Bundesliga champions. The story for Terzic and his players has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Terzic’s homecoming after a bad spell at the top under Marco Rose has brought back fortunes that have eluded Dortmund for years. Sebastian Haller is the next such name, with the French-Ivorian’s season being the true definition of a comeback story. From his cancer diagnosis earlier this season to returning and scoring surely the most important goal of this season against FCA, Haller has impressed at all walks of life.
Along with him, we’ve seen players like Karim Adeyemi and Donyell Malen finally find their feet while others like Julian Brandt continue to play the best football of their life. The same can be said for Marco Reus, who despite featuring as a substitute for the majority of the season, has provided Dortmund with the impetus they need time and again.
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If Edin Terzic, a Dortmund local himself, manages to hand them the title after a 11 year drought in his first full season in charge, his name will go down in history with the greats such as Jurgen Klopp and Ottmar Hitzfeld.
One game, one win. Its all or nothing for Dortmund now.
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