What do Jürgen Klopp, Thomas Tuchel and Lucien Favre have in common? One, they’re top of their respective leagues with Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund. Two, all three have starred in the BVB dugout.
Dortmund's coaching cradle
Klopp’s Liverpool side leapt into top spot of the English Premier League this weekend, while Tuchel’s Paris Saint-Germain already look to have the title sealed after just 16 matches where they find themselves 13 points clear of second in France’s Ligue 1.
Both made their mark at Dortmund after working their magic at Mainz. Incumbent coach Favre is now doing the same, the only difference is his path took him to BVB via the Swiss leagues, Hertha Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Ligue 1's Nice - but the short-term results have been the same, if not better.
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Free-scoring and watertight
A champion of rampant attacking football from the Klopp and Tuchel school, Favre has overseen a club record 14-match unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.
Dortmund have scored 39 goals in that time - Liverpool have 34, a PSG side boasting Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have 49 - and they top the standings, some seven points clear of second-placed Gladbach. They're no slackers at the back either, having conceded just 14 times in as many games.
Favre hasn't won any silverware yet, but the fact he's already outdoing his highly successful predecessors in the Dortmund dugout in terms of raw points bodes very well indeed.
Dortmund are also going great guns in the UEFA Champions League and DFB Cup. And given the way they have been ruthlessly going about their business on all fronts, there could be more than just the domestic cup Tuchel got his hands on in his final game in charge, in 2017, to celebrate come May.