FIFA 19: Borussia Dortmund Career Mode Guide, Tactics, Formations & Tips

Borussia Dortmund have their best chance to win the Bundesliga since the days of Jurgen Klopp. Can you deliver for the Yellow Wall on FIFA 19's Career Mode?


Jurgen Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga successes in 2011 and 2012, and then a year later helped them reach the Champions League final. But lack in that game, they have been second fiddle to German giants Bayern Munich ever since. Until now it would seem, with BVB leading the Bundesliga at the half way stage, losing just once in the league and marching on to the Champions League knockouts – finishing above Atletico Madrid in the group stage.

With a young, exciting squad led by the sensation Marco Reus, can you deliver the league title to Borussia Dortmund? RealSport gives you all you need to know when taking charge of Die Schwarzgelben.

Team Rating

Borussia Dortmund have a four and a half star rating on FIFA 19, which consists of an 81 attack, 81 midfield and 79 defence.

Formation

Under manager Lucien Favre, BVB have used a 4-2-3-1 wide formation, and for balance you should stick with that system. Possible alternatives include a 4-3-3 attack or a simple 4-4-2.

The improving Roman Burki (87 GK reflexes) is in goal, with Lukasz Piszczek, Manuel Akanji, Omer Toprak and Achraf Hakimi in the back four.

Axel Witsel (92 composure) dominates the midfield alongside Thomas Delaney, with World Cup winner Mario Gotze operating as the number 10. English youngster Jadon Sancho and star man Marco Reus (90 volleys) provide the width whilst new signing Paco Alcacer starts up top.

On the bench go for Marwin Hitz, Abdou Diallo, Raphael Guerreiro, Mahmoud Dahoud, Shinji Kagawa, Christian Pulisic and Maximilian Philipp. 

Tactics and instructions

Borussia Dortmund have always played a fast-paced, counter-attacking game and you should do no differently. Look to get the ball out wide to the feet of Sancho (90 agility) and Reus (87 dribbling) and run at the defence. Paco Alcacer (86 positioning) and Mario Gotze (85 composure) can then find space in the middle and look to finish off the attack.

If play does slow down, which may happen against meaner defences or against passive teams in the Bundesliga, you will need someone to unlock the defence. Despite his physical brawn, Axel Witsel (89 short passing) is still a cute player, and you couple that with the all-round game of Reus (86 long shots) or poaching nature of Alcacer (85 finishing), expect to make the breakthrough at some stage. 

We have tweaked the starting lineup, so a few instructions can be changed from the corresponding tab in team management. Jadon Sancho is such a danger, and will grow into a more reliable player as the season goes on, but to get the most of his movement, tell him to ‘stay wide’ on chance creation and for support runs he should ‘get in behind’.

Marco Reus moves from attacking to left midfield, but he is still a goal scorer in your side. For support on crosses he must be on get into box for cross’ so he can stick a few more away. 

Lastly, Paco Alcacer is such a useful attacker as he can play as a number 9 or drop deep. Make sure his attacking runs are on ‘mixed attack’ so he can keep the defence guessing. 

Training

Training gives you the opportunity to improve your players outside of matchday. To make the most out of your time, use high growth player such as Manuel Akanji, Julian Weigl, Mahmoud Dahoud, Abdou Diallo, Jadon Sancho and Marius Wolf.

The Transfer Market

Starting transfer budget: £64 million

Starting wage budget: £127,000 a week

Who should go

There are no standout names as to who should go from Borussia Dortmund, and you probably should keep hold of your current players until January. The one player you could sell is Marcel Schmelzer, as you are likely to bring in a new left back during the transfer window. The German is the only conventional left-sided defender you have, so it would be a risk to sell him. 

Loans

Whereas there aren’t many candidates to sell, there are a few you can loan out. Jacob Bruun Larsen has received plenty of game time under Lucien Favre this season, but with Marco Reus, Jadon Sancho, Raphael Guerreiro, Maximilian Philipp and Marius Wolf to compete with, he will struggle in your squad. When Pulisic joins up with Chelsea next season, Larsen can fill the void. 

The rest of the loan contenders are youngsters with limited first team action. They include Alaa Bakir, Robin Kehr, Kamal Bafounta and Dominik Wanner

Who to sign

New transfer budget: £64 million

New wage budget: £127,000 a week

Conventional left back

As things stand, you have five players who can play left back, but only one is well-equipped to play there, Marcel Schmelzer. Achraf Hakimi has shone there this season, but he is right-footed which lets him down when looking to cross.

Benfica’s Grimaldo would be a perfect fit and is available at a great price. The Spaniard can be bought for around £27 million and his wages only start at £12,000 a week. His 81 overall can improve to an 87 potential, with his best stats 86 balance, 85 acceleration and 85 curve. 

Alternative options

Player

Age

Club

Country

OVR

POT

Cost

Wage

Benjamin Mendy

23

Man City

France

81

86

£26m

£92k

Ben Davies

25

Spurs

Wales

81

83

£22m

£77k

Andrew Robertson

24

Liverpool

Scotland

82

87

£35m

£87k

Alex Telles

25

Porto

Brazil

84

87

£40m

£19k

Lucas Hernandez

22

Atletico Madrid

France

82

88

£38m

£46k

Contracts

With a well-balanced squad, the Dortmund board have done well with tying their best talent to long contracts, as just two players have deals expiring this season. Dzenis Burnic may not get much game time with you this season, but keep an eye on his overall. His potential is only 78 so perhaps doesn’t have a long-term future at the club but could be sold for a respectable price in the years ahead.

It’s a similar case for Dominik Wanner, but with only a 77 potential and 60 starting overall, he can be shown the door. Either ship him in January or release him at the end of the season. 

Managerial objectives

The objectives at Dortmund are slightly more realistic than the other European heavyweights, but you still have to work hard to achieve them. 

Unlike most big clubs, Brand Exposure is the most important with BVB, and here you will need recoup £106 million from shirt sales over the season and earn £150 million from prize money within three seasons. Signing big players will help you with the shirts, and for prize money, don’t forget about the cash you claim from pre-season tournaments. 

Domestic success has a high importance, and you will be expected to win the Bundesliga title but only reach the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal. As for continental, the board want you to reach the Champions League semi-finals this term. 

Youth development has medium importance, requiring you to sign a defender to your youth academy. Not only that, you need to pick up a youth academy player, grow them by 10 overall points, and once they have grown, play them in 10 matches.

Lastly, your financial goal requires you to keep salary growth under 15% for the campaign. See how you are faring in January as you may want to sell one or two fringe players to give you some wiggle room. 

This is the year

Dortmund may have been aided by a change in coach at Der Klassiker rivals Bayern Munich, but you cannot deny how brilliant they have been this season. The team are playing fast, attractive football and are picking up results.

With a squad that can grow into the world’s best, Borussia Dortmund are a fantastic choice on FIFA 19’s Career Mode, but you must target silverware from the get go. The Bundesliga is there for the taking this season, and that has been used as a springboard to charge on in Europe. Add a couple of top quality players to this side and you can start dreaming of a second European trophy for Die Borussen.

Full Borussia Dortmund player ratings

Player

Age

Pos

Country

OVR

POT

Value

Wage

Goalkeepers

Roman Burki

27

GK

Switz.

83

85

£19m

£48k

Marwin Hitz

20

GK

Switz.

79

79

£7m

£36k

Eric Oelschlagel

22

GK

Germany

64

73

£500k

£5k

Defenders

Manuel Akanji

22

CB

Switz.

81

87

£19m

£43k

Omer Toprak

28

CB

Turkey

81

82

£14m

£52k

Lukasz Piszczek

33

RB

Poland

81

81

£6m

£50k

Abdou Diallo

22

CB
LB

France

79

86

£13m

£38k

Achraf Hakimi

19

RB
LB

Morocco

78

86

On Loan

£43k

Marcel Schmelzer

30

LB

Germany

77

77

£6m

£37k

Dan-Axel Zagadou

19

CB
LB

France

75

84

£8m

£14k

Jeremy Toljan

23

RB
LB

Germany

74

78

£5m

£26k

Midfielders

Marco Reus

29

CAM
LM
ST

Germany

88

88

£51m

£114k

Axel Witsel

29

CDM
CM

Belgium

85

85

£26m

£74k

Mario Gotze

26

CM
CAM
CF

Germany

82

85

£24m

£59k

Thomas Delaney

26

CDM
CM

Denmark

82

83

£19m

£54k

Raphael Guerreiro

24

LM
LB
CM

Portugal

81

84

£20m

£48k

Mahmoud Dahoud

22

CM
CDM

Germany

80

86

£18m

£44k

Shinji Kagawa

29

CAM
CM
CF

Japan

80

80

£13m

£53k

Julian Weigl

22

CDM
CM

Germany

79

84

£13m

£38k

Jadon Sancho

18

RM
LM

England

78

90

£15m

£21k

Christian Pulisic

19

RM
LM

USA

78

86

On Loan

£39k

Marius Wolf

23

RM
CM
LM
RB

Germany

77

81

£10m

£36k

Jacob Bruun Larsen

19

LM
LW
RM
RW

Denmark

74

85

£8m

£16k

Sergio Gomez

18

CAM
CM
LM

Spain

68

87

£2m

£7k

Dzenis Burnic

20

CDM
CB

Germany

66

78

£1m

7k

Dominik Wanner

19

LM
LB
LW

Germany

60

77

£400k

£3k

Kamal Bafounta

16

CM

France

58

83

£200k

£2k

Alaa Bakir

17

RM
LM
RW
LW

Germany

58

76

£200k

£2k

Attackers

Paco Alcacer

24

ST

Spain

82

85

£25m

£57k

Maximilian Philipp

24

ST
LM
RM

Germany

79

84

£15m

£46k

Alexander Isak

18

ST

Sweden

69

83

£2m

£10k

Robin Kehr

18

ST
LM

Germany

57

76

£200k

£3k

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