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Dortmund Should Not Be Sellers This January

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The team of Dortmund celebrate with their fans after winning the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Schalke 04 at Signal Iduna Park on November 8, 2015 in Dortmund, Germany.

One of the hottest teams in the Bundesliga not named Bayern Munich is Borussia Dortmund (29 points). They are quietly on the heels of the Bavarians with only 5 points separating them from the top spot.

According to the numbers Dortmund (9W-2D-1L) is the most efficient team in German football only needing 6 shots per goal. They have an astonishing 70 goals across all competitions led by their top-scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who has scored 22 goals in 21 appearances in all competitions.

Aubameyang is in scintillating form and joint-leader in the Bundesliga with former Dortmund star Robert Lewandowski with 14 goals. Lewandowski moved to rivals Bayern on a free transfer in 2014.

Dortmund is a waterhole of talent. No matter who they breed or acquire, they build stars. I’ve gone on record on The Stoppage Time saying that Die Roten is my favorite to win it all this season, but people should not sleep on Dortmund but only if they keep their stars.

Former coach Jurgen Klopp admitted in 2014 that Dortmund remain a selling club. This season Aubameyang, Marco Reus, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels are linked with big money moves in January.

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In the past the club have sold Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, key figures in their back-to-back title run from 2010-2012. Imagine how devastating Dortmund would be if both players were retained.

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Borussia Dortmund must find ways to keep their players at the Westfalenstadion. This campaign they are still in good position to win multiple trophies. They are in the round of 32 in the Europa League and in the last 16 of the DFB Cup. If they lose multiple players in the transfer market their chances of winning those competitions greatly diminish.

Since appointing Thomas Tuchel as coach, the team has won 18 of 22 competitive matches. The only loss came at the hands of Bayern Munich 5-1. Since the thrashing, they have bounced back and now look like a serious threat to end Bayern’s three-straight Bundesliga title reign.

Their attacking style is exciting to watch. Dortmund plays at a fast pace with multiple first-touch passing. According to Bundesliga.com, 26 of their goals have come from passes. It would be a shame for Dortmund to lose more stars.

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