If you’re reading the title of this article and are currently trying to work out when Borussia Dortmund last won a Bundesliga title, well, you’re probably not alone.
You have to go back to 2012 in actual fact when Jurgen Klopp was last in charge of the BVB to find out when.
What a season that was as well when you consider that Klopp’s charges ended up romping to the title by an astonishing eight points.
Let’s not get it wrong though, winning margins are normally huge in the Bundesliga but they only really belong to Bayern Munich, such is their dominance in the German top flight. That wasn’t the case in 2012 though when BVB stormed to the title, and the question now is: can Dortmund win another Bundesliga title for the first time in eight years?
One thing is for certain if they do, they won’t have the pleasure of an eight-point gap at the end this time around.
In fact, Lucien Favre’s men have it all to do as they sit four points adrift of the Bavarians with eight games to go. Any punter looking at the football betting on the German Bundesliga will see that Hans-Dieter Flick’s side are well out in front at odds of 1/5 to win the league.
Overturning a four-point gap can be done in the last two games of the season, so with nine to play, it really is up for grabs even if Dortmund are as high as 5/1 to win the title. So how do you explain those outrageously high odds then?
It all comes down to the psychological hold Bayern have over the rest of the league and in particular, Dortmund, it’s that simple. The two mindsets of the teams going down the final stretch will be very different with Bayern looking to open up a healthy gap over second place by the time there are only five games to go, whilst Dortmund will be looking to take the title race as deep as possible.
Everybody expects the Bavarians to win yet another Bundesliga title and defend their dominant 2018/2019 league success, maybe even some in the Dortmund changing room think so too, so the task at hand will be a monumental one.
If you were to take the mental edge that Bayern have over Dortmund out the equation and just look at the title race based on pure footballing ability, well then, we have a game on our hands.
Dortmund have one of the most exciting young teams in the world with the likes of Erling Braut Håland and Jadon Sancho capable of driving the BVB to the title. Something says that this will go down to the wire so don’t you dare look away.