Three unheralded heroes in Borussia Dortmund's title push
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Borussia Dortmund is flying high at the top of the Bundesliga ranking; something that hasn't happened since May 2012 when Jurgen Klopp was still in the dugout. Die Schwarzgelben have dropped just six points in their opening ten matches. Perennial winners Bayern Munich sit third on the table, four points behind them. New Bayern Coach Niko Kovac has had a difficult time adjusting. Bayern no longer seems like the juggernaut that has been demolishing Bundesliga teams season come season go.
This may be Borussia Dortmund's best chance at a title in six years. New coach Lucien Favre, as well as the Dortmund board of directors, deserve credit for the season so far. The board acted decisively to bring in new faces including Paco Alcacer on loan from F.C Barcelona to fill in the Michy Batshuayi shaped void after the Chelsea man's loan came to an end. Underperformers including Nuri Sahin, Andre Schürrle and Andriy Yarmolenko were quietly shipped out.
On his part, Favre has tinkered with his team selections perfectly. The early season 4-3-3 was ditched for the more balanced 4-2-3-1. The major difference between Lucien Favre and former coach Peter Bosz is Favre's ability to improve the unknown quantities. The players who performed averagely under Bosz have been given a new lease of life under the Frenchman. Whilst the likes of Alcacer, Marco Reus and Jardon Sancho has been taking the plaudits all season long, there exists a number of players who have played a vital role in Dortmund's title push.