Rybko90 wrote:You make a few fine points (Reus comparison), but I will reiterate my view on things. You were second-best last couple of seasons and you didn't give up, that's true. You responded by spending 65m+ in the transfer market and bringing in fantastic signings (Martinez, Dante, Mandzukic, Shaqiri) to strengthen yourself. That is financial power. Like it or not, that is your strongest attribute. Financial power leads to trophies in football. Of course, you did not obtain this power the way PSG, Chelsea, Manchester City have, and fair play for that. But with the Gotze transfer, you've essentially confirmed that every other club which shares the league with you is your personal feeder club. Even a club like Dortmund, who have recently won the league two years running, cannot keep their club talisman from you.
Like you said, Dortmund's future will depend on how we spend this money. But I am wondering how much longer we will even be able to keep Hummels and Gundogan after this. After the Gotze transfer, they will surely be asking themselves whether the grass really is that much greener on the other side.
And the timing of this transfer is absolutely horrendous. There is simply no way the collective of our dressing room will remain as focused after this announcement. Why could you not wait until after the CL?
I think we all agree about the timing. None of us are happy about it either. I was quite confident about tonight but the announcement has made me nervous. A lot.
Yes, financial power is a big advantage. It is what is needed to consistently challenge for the biggest honours in football. But money alone is not enough. Reputation and consistency are just as important to keep players and attract new ones. Dortmund have been one of the most consistent teams in the world in recent years, and you're making big progress on the other two pillars. It's honestly not as big as a tragedy as Dortmund are making it. Probably the reason for that is that he is moving to Bayern of all clubs.
I admire the Dortmund board. They have done excellent work recently and I am sure they will do the same in this case. Like I said in the Dortmund topic, as long as you keep hold of Hummels and Reus, you'll survive.