Welcome to Dortmund, I have arrived in Dortmund just days after winning the Champions League with Ajax along with two of my coaches from Ajax Dennis Bergkamp and Walter Ribonetto, we have arrived on the back of two fantastic seasons in Amsterdam were we won 8 trophies playing an attacking brand of football that took on the best in Europe and won 2 European titles starting with the Europa League in season one and then last year’s Champions League success. Whilst we played an attacking style of football we built the style on a solid defence which is what I plan to do here in Dortmund. My first analysis is that the youth development at the club in my opinion as declined a little in the 2 years that I was in the Netherlands and it is something I will address from the off. Looking at the first team squad we have a good mix of upcoming talent and seasoned professionals. I have promoted Alexander Isak from our Dortmund II Squad and opened contract talks with the young Swedish Forward who has been tagged has the next Ibrahimović (big boots to fill there then).
I am keen to get him in to the first team alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who will lead our line providing I can keep hold of him. The first team squad is littered with some exciting talent with the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Emre Mor, Christian Pulisic and Felix Passlack all looking very capable of taking Dortmund to the next level and by that I mean Champions League Winners in the next few seasons. We currently have 7 players being targeted by other clubs so one of my first jobs is to have a look if any of these players are surplus if any to our requirements. I have already been approached by Pulisic and Mor who have both been targeted by Manchester City, they have both agreed to stay which is a bonus for us but I feel the conversation may crop up again soon.
The boards expectations are what I would expect from a club at this level, we are expected to qualify for the Champions League via our League position and reach the knockout rounds of the Champions League this season along with reaching the DFB-Pokal final supplemented by a transfer budget of £39m and a wage budget of £2.2m per week.
I am now taking a few days off from the game before getting stuck in to the save this coming weekend. Has I mentioned above the B team and youth squads are not at the level I would expect so I will be looking to add some depth to both squads as soon as possible.
Next time: I will be looking at our Pre-Season and a look at what’s happening over in Amsterdam.