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What Would Be Peter Bosz’s Effect on Dortmund?

Peter Bosz has a new responsibility, he must re-galvanize Borussia Dortmund and make them strong contenders once more, both in Europe and domestically. We take a look at what the Dutchman brings to the Black and Yellows.

In May 2016, some persons came together to agree that it was time for Frank De Boer to cut ties with Ajax; among them was Frank De Boer himself. The Dutchman had been the head coach of his boyhood club for close to six years and had commandeered the Amsterdam side to four successive Eredivisie titles.

The problem for De Boer was, Ajax simply couldn’t bite in the European stage. De Godenzonen were constantly being bullied out of the Champions League by teams who should be Mincemeat for a club who is rated among the most successful in Europe; knockout defeats to Rapid Vienna and Rostov in the Champions League preliminaries ensured they haven’t reached the Champions’ League group stage in the last two years.

With De Boer out the door, a new manager was needed at Ajax and in came Peter Bosz. Although relatively unpopular with fans of the Amsterdam side, Bosz soon asserted his philosophy and to his credit, took Ajax to the brink of European and domestic success.

The result of Bosz’s one year hard work with Ajax was, for the first time in 21 years, Ajax played in a European final – the UEFA Europa League final. They did lose it to Manchester United but the former Feyenoord midfielder had left his mark and his services will be required abroad; specifically with Dortmund in Germany.

For a man deemed good enough to replace Thomas Tuchel at BVB, we take a look at what he will bring to the Bundesliga outfit.

More faith in youth

If there’s any manager who believes that youngsters can make an impact on the big stage, it’s Peter Bosz. He’s showed this quality during his time at Vitesse and much recently at Ajax where he helped rediscover The Lancers identity of producing gifted prodigies.

Bosz’s Ajax side that faced Manchester United at the Europa League final is the youngest in the history of European finals.

The likes of Christian Pulisic, Felix Passlack, Alexander Isak, Ousmane Dembélé and other youngsters, should expect to be given a new lease of life under a manager who loves to let the young ones play.

Total attacking football

With Bosz in charge of Dortmund, we’ll be seeing some tiki-taka football at the Westfalenstadion. Being a staunch disciple of Johan Cruyff, Bosz is a die-hard believer of Pythagoras in boots, a philosophy of Johan Cruyff both at Ajax and at Barcelona.

“After losing possession, Barcelona have a three-second rule [to win the ball back]. We’re not Barcelona, so I put two seconds on.” – Peter Bosz

There are still elements of Jürgen Klopp’s Gegenpressen style with Dortmund, however, Bosz is expected to install his philosophy from day one.

If you think Dortmund is already an attacking side, watch them again under Bosz.

Get them challenging in Europe

Since Jürgen Klopp guided Dortmund to the Champions League final in 2013, The Black and Yellows have largely struggled to reach the pinnacle of European football. Peter Bosz is expected to come in and fix that.

The fact that he could guide Ajax to their first European final for over two decades means he vividly understands what it means and what it takes to reach a European final. Don’t be surprised if you see Dortmund challenging for the Champions League title next season, under Bosz.

A couple of less fancied reinforcements

The first way a new manager asserts his style on his team is by making a few key signings. He can’t do away with all the players he has, hence, any new players coming in would be seen as reinforcements; how good they turn out to be will help shape their season.

At Ajax, he recruited Davinson Sanchez and Hakim Ziyech who proved to be masterstroke signings for the Amsterdam side.

Watch out for the players Bosz brings to Dortmund.

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