…Sorry, if you now have the Lego Movie soundtrack stuck in your head.
The 10 days in La Manga are over and the team is back in Dortmund, so how was it?
Jürgen Klopp has been utmost positive about the training camp in La Manga. “There are only positive impressions. It may sound too positive for some, but at the moment it is positive. It’s clear that it well get tough, but we are convinced that we are currently laying good foundations.”
And what’s not to like? The weather was great, a bit windy, mind you. But at least it wasn’t a sandstorm – La Manga isn’t in Qatar, is it?
How lousy the summer preparations were becomes clear by the amount of time Jürgen Klopp had to point out the contrast between the two training camps this season. It was probably relieve speaking out of the coach, who finally had time to do some actual work with almost the whole squad: “Everyone is full on track and building confidence.”
Klopp also happily observed, that his players did their job, as the 17th Bundesliga place demands. Focused and hardworking were the words he often used. Mats Hummels revealed: “The coach even often lauds us, something he usually doesn’t do that much.”
Klopp had also a lot of praise for new signing Kevin Kampl: “The difference between him and our other three new signings is, that he completely internalized the playing style we want to play, which is awesome. He possesses a lot of speed, not like Aubameyang, but still a lot of pace, he’s zippy, has a good technique and always the eye for an unmarked player in tight spaces. He trains very well and it’s just fun.”
A lot of fun to watch were also the youngsters at the BVB camp and in both friendlies. Especially Felix Passlack, Jeremy Dudziak, Jon Stankovic, Dzenis Burnic impressed. “Dortmund’s future is secured, they’re already running around here somewhere.” Jürgen Norbert Klopp mused in an interview with Norbert Dickel, but that was maybe a tad too euphoric. Then again, they really impressed.
And the friendlies against FC Sion and FC Steaua Bucuresti we’re indicating a positive trend. Most importantly, Borussia Dortmund won both. 1-0 each, not everything worked perfectly, but that’s how preseason friendlies look like and it was good enough to build confidence. The game against Sion felt still a little rigid, but clean sheet and a set-piece goal, who wants to complain?
The second friendly against the Romanian record champion looked more encouraging. For the first time Dortmund fans could see the potential of the Kampl-Reus partnership (queue hair cut reference). The 1-0 win was crowned by a pitch storm of a few hundred fans that went over the barriers at full time, but they know how to deal with that in Alicante, as the sprinklers were turned on minutes later.
It all would have been perfect, if Mats Hummels didn’t decide to sit on Sebastian Kehl’s shoulder. We don’t have a diagnosis yet, but it didn’t look good. With Sven Bender already out another injured ‘6’ is the last thing BVB need.
Kevin Großkreutz also picked up an injury, after an unfortunate aerial challenge. Luckily he’ll be out for only one week with a slightly torn ankle ligament.
In two weeks we’ll know, whether the post-La Manga-positivity was justified, but for now we’ll gladly accept that things are looking to turn back to normal.