Season In Review: 2017-18

What seems like a longer season than normal is finally over. It is with a sigh of relief that Dortmund fans cross the finish line, having just squeaked out a Champions League spot. In the end, a tumultuous season has not ended all that badly, relatively speaking.

The coaching instability at BVB is causing a big leadership problem. Since Klopp left, we've struggled to find our next leader. After a fairly bitter split with Tuchel, Peter Bosz and Peter Stoger failed to meet the standards of a club of this prestige. Newly-appointed Lucien Favre may or may not be the answer. Regardless, there is a bit of excitement about the changes, which were necessary.

Several important players were injured and/or out of form for most of the season, which also hurt BVB this season. Reus and Phillip are two notable ones in terms of staying healthy. When Piszczu was out, we also struggled. Schmelzer, Sokratis, Gotze, Schurrle, and Castro, all experienced players and normally reliable, did not have good seasons. It seems that some of these players may not be in black and yellow next season.

Still, excuses cannot cover the fact that this season was not good enough. Rifts between club and fans are evident and the recent success and trophy haul has raised expectations and standards. This season, BVB failed to meet those expectations and standards. It must be said.

We finish behind Bayern, Sch***e, and Hoffenheim. We were nowhere near the title, finishing almost 30 points from silverware. What is most painful and more worrying is that we end up 8 points behind the blau-weiss Scheiss. Hoffenheim beat us outright, fair and square, and deservedly, in a winner-take-all head-to-head battle on the final matchday of the season. We weren't up for it, which was the case most of the season.

As a result, fewer Dortmund stars than you'd expect from a club of BVB's stature will be at the World Cup this summer. But Marco Reus...

A fairly disappointing season precedes an exciting summer of change in Dortmund...

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