By Aditya Pratap Singh & Ashish Kumar Rai
Jürgen Norbert Klopp is one of the most enigmatic coach that a team could hope for. His passionate approach towards football is a treat to watch which made everyone have a soft spot for Borussia Dortmund, the eternal underdogs. Their meteoric rise during the 2012-2013 is still considered as the most inspiring “Rocky Balboa” rendition in Football, with Klopp getting the deserving credit for that. It was this love for Borussia Dortmund that made Klopp realise that the time had come to part ways with the club which was so close to his heart.
Dortmund are having one of the most horrific and frustrating season that one could imagine. Over the past two years Klopp has seen two of his star players, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, leave for Bayern Munich with the possibility of Marco Reus, another star player, moving to Bayern at the end of this season. With no Champions League to look forward to and a major squad overhaul looming large, Klopp decided to give both himself and Dortmund a chance to forge their own destiny. He felt that it was in the best interest of both himself and the club that a new lease of life be injected into Borussia Dortmund.
The departure of Klopp has caused a major flutter in Europe as he is the most sought after coach because of his commitment and the footballing mentality that he brings to the table. He has categorically said that he has no plans to take a sabbatical which has many managers shifting uncomfortably in their seats. His innovative, and sometimes comical, reactions will be sorely missed by all the Bavarians but each and every one of them will have a special place in their heart for the man who has given his everything to Dortmund and made them what they are today.
-Aditya Pratap Singh
From a team that finished a disappointing 13th in 2007-08 season, Jürgen Norbert Klopp, the former Mainz manager, took Borussia Dortmund to consecutive titles in 2011 and 2012,the biggest points haul in Bundesliga history, Dortmund’s first domestic double , and a narrow champions league final loss. Klopp gave to the passionate Dortmund fans most things possible in the footballing world. And hence when he finally decided to part ways with Dortmund, there was this huge uproar of emotions and calls for him not to go. But the fact is that we might marvel at the way he kept bringing the best out of all his players when his best players were being taken out (read: Mario Goetze, Robert Lewandowski), none of us can deny that Dortmund’s performance has not been up to the mark in the past couple of years, injuries have had their role to play, but if credit is given to the manger for good performances, blame for the not so good ones also comes along, so without questioning the man’s credibility as a great coach, perhaps it is indeed time for a change, a change in approach for this great yet faltering club. There’s no denying that it was Klopp’s brilliance and belief that got Borussia from once being rock bottom in the league to now as I write competing for European football, but this for a club of Dortmund’s stature is still not enough and Klopp I think understands that and hence the decision to go away. Barcelona’s recent success by no means proves that Luis Enrique is a better manager than Pep Guardiola, it simply goes to show that how a change in personnel and hence the mentality can be for the better of all parties involved. And even for Klopp, it’s time to find a new adventure, a new challenge to test himself in. So while it was beautiful while it lasted, its time and rightly so, for the Klopp-Dortmund relation to end and perhaps give another former Mainz manager in Thomas Tuchel a chance to revive the fortunes of Borussia just as his predecessor from Mainz did 6 years ago.
-Ashish Kumar Rai