to Bayern left a somewhat sour taste after an otherwise successful season, which began with victory in the DFL Supercup against their arch rivals. bundesliga.com looks back…
After delivering new Bayern coach Pep Guardiola a debut to forget with an outstanding in the Supercup, many were predicting a close contest in the Bundesliga as well. And so it proved as Dortmund marched forth with five straight wins before coming unstuck at 1. FC Nürnberg. Their UEFA Champions League campaign started on a downer with defeat at SSC Napoli, but Dortmund eventually managed to scrape through the group stage before eventually going out against eventual winners Real Madrid CF in the last eight. But the gap between themselves and Bayern continued to increase in the Bundesliga as injuries beset Jürgen Klopp's (l.) squad. In light of those personnel woes, however, Dortmund can still hold their heads up high and reflect on what might have been had Klopp had a full squad to choose from.
Marco Reus was Dortmund's most consistent performer and arguably their greatest threat in 2013/14, even if top scorer Robert Lewandowski struck more goals - just. Not only did the Germany international find the target 16 times himself, he also set up a further 14, totalling 30 direct involvements in goals altogether. With a spectacular brace against Real, he also gave the Westphalians hope in a scintillating Champions League quarter-final second leg.
Only twice before in BVB's history had they picked up more than the 71 points accumulated in 2013/14 - and each time they won the league. Only in 2010/11 (75) and 2011/12 (81) did they manage better returns, while in 2002, one point less was still enough to secure the Bundesliga title. They would indeed also have been crowned champions in 2007, 2009 and 2010 with 71 points.
"We shouldn't be patting each other on the back each day - we're rivals and we want to remain that way." Borussia Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke gives bundesliga.com his view on the club's relationship with Bayern München - a rivalry that is becoming even fiercer with the two clubs voraciously chasing the same silverware.
Dortmund travelled to Munich on Matchday 30 already aware that the Bundesliga title was beyond their reach, yet they still had a point to prove. They did so in breathtaking fashion with a 3-0 victory at the Allianz Arena which belied the gulf between the two sides in the standings. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Reus and Jonas Hofmann netted the goals in a dominant performance which confirmed Watzke's remarks that, on their day, Dortmund can "beat anybody".