Borrusia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke had admitted the Bundesliga giants would have won the Champions League if Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski had stayed at the club.
Gotze moved to Bayern in 2013, Lewandowski followed him in the next summer, and BVB haven't progressed past the quarter-final stage since their run to the Wembley final in 2013.
"We had a world-class team," wrote Watzke in his biography ‘Echte Liebe’ – ‘True Love’, a Dortmund slogan (via Goal).
“And if that team’s structure had not been left in tatters, then it would have also won the Champions League – one hundred percent!
“We just lost the final in 2013. The next few years would have been our years, for sure! But then Mario left, then Robert went, then all the sh*t started.”
Bayern's CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits that the transfer of Gotze six years ago was not quite correct.
“When Gotze transferred, I understand that they were completely angry at BVB,” Rummenigge is quoted in Watzke's book.
“We had not contacted him at the time, because that was also the wish of Mario's adviser. Everything should stay well under the blanket. According to the FIFA regulations, FC Bayern should have informed BVB in writing before any talks with Gotze or his advisor.”
Lewandowski, 31, has scored more than 200 goals for Bayern since joining in 2014 and has started the current campaign in record-breaking form.