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Borussia Dortmund cannot win the Bundesliga with Lucien Favre

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Since they last won the Bundesliga in 2012, Borussia Dortmund have finished second on four occasions. On Saturday, a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin set them on course to be runners-up for a fifth time.

Top spot, of course, is once again out of their reach. Bayern Munich, currently seven points clear, revealed the gulf which still exists between the perennial champions and the perennial pretenders two weeks ago.

Despite significant investment and progress in key areas in recent years, Dortmund are still trailing.

Dortmund's development

With Bayern making a habit of poaching their best players, Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has focused on boosting the club's commercial power so they would no longer be obliged to let players head south – successfully.

Unable to compete with Bayern financially........

© Deutsche Welle