Where was Dortmund captain Marcel Schmelzer? Despite being fit he didn't make it into the squad against Leverkusen. Is his Dortmund captaincy over? Will he suffer the same fate as former captains Benedikt Höwedes and Michael Ballack?
The lack of a German on FIFA's shortlist of the best men's players and the low key loan move of a key man in World Cup 2014 give cause for reflection. Did Germany's golden generation peak early? And who's behind them?
With a healthy lead in the Bundesliga and the Champions League looming large on the horizon, Borussia Dortmund now turn their focus to the German Cup. The 2017 winners host inconsistent Werder Bremen.
Bayern Munich are stumbling towards the line while Borussia Dortmund are the masters of chaos. The title race will be decided on the last day as will the race for Europe. But two clubs know they won't be back next term.
Borussia Dortmund are optimistic heading into the new season. With a new coach and plenty of highly talented players BVB look to be ready to go, even if the squad isn't perfect just yet.
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