Well, I’ve reached the winter break of the first season of the Borussia Dortmund save, so I thought it was an ideal time to update you on how things have been going. This is probably the most ‘classic Football Manager update’ you’ll get throughout this save, so it will be a little bit of a throwback to how I used to write on this blog.
In the last update, I covered the development of the first tactic I intended to use with my Dortmund side. I also outlined how it was designed to get the best out of my new signings – particularly Kasper Dolberg and Matthijs De Ligt. I also analysed the DFL-Supercup against Bayern Munich – as we came away with a 1-0 win against Heynckes’ side following a goal by Andre Schürrle. To say I was pleased would have been an understatement. I was also very optimistic about the 3-4-3, thinking it was a system we could use moving forward.
However, future matches illustrated to me that this wasn’t the case (at least against some opposition – it seems to work wonders against Bayern) and as a result I’ve had to be fairly flexible tactically throughout the first half of the first season of this save.