The last couple of months has been wild for the black and yellows. From October twenty-fifth through December eleventh, Dortmund went on a nine game winless streak in all competitions. After their poor run of form, the club’s board members decided to sack Peter Bosz and hire Peter Stoger as their manager. Since they have made that change, the 2012 Bundesliga champions have won their last two Bundesliga matches and ended the domestic campaign in third place.
The last two performances from BVB have been impressive to say the least. On Tuesday, Dortmund put in a solid performance against a struggling Mainz side, defeating them 2-0 away from home. Shinji Kagawa managed to score a goal, despite being in poor form throughout the season. They controlled the possession of the game and prevented Mainz from having a shot on target. A lot of credit has to go to their defense, whom finally managed to keep a clean sheet and stifle the opponent’s attack.
What was even more impressive was their victory against Julian Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim side. Hoffenheim have become one of Germany’s most talented clubs and have been a tough team to beat, even though they have not been in the best form recently. Dortmund have not been as good at home this season as they have been in previous years, but they looked strong at home yesterday and managed to win a big match. After going down 1-0 to a Mark Uth goal, Dortmund started to improve their performance and scored two goals in the second half to end the game 2-1.
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has to be given a lot of credit for his performances in the last two games. He managed to provide an assist for a goal against Mainz and scored a penalty against Hoffenheim. There may be a lot of speculation in regards to his future at the club, but the Gabonese international continues to play at a top class level for Dortmund. Christian Pulisic also performed admirably in their last game against Hoffenheim. He scored the game winning goal in the eighty-ninth minute and caused all sorts of problems for Hoffenheim’s defense.
Peter Stoger already seems to be working wonders as a head coach for BVB. He has decided to stay with the same formation that Bosz used and is bringing in more defensive stability to the club. In their last two games combined, Dortmund have only conceded a goal and three shots on target to their opponents. The way Dortmund were playing a few weeks before, no one would have ever thought they would be able to put in defensive performances the way they have been recently.
The club winning their last two games was a great way to build the momentum going into their crucial DFB Pokal match against the Bavarian giants, Bayern Munich. The biggest positive of it all is that they go into the winter break in third place in the Bundesliga table. Considering how bad they have been this season, Dortmund fans will be pretty satisfied with a third place finish midway into the season.