Match Day 5 of the 2017-18 Bundesliga is in the books, and both Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich and Peter Bosz’s Borussia Dortmund posted 3-0 shutout wins. At the Volksparkstadion, Dortmund shut out Markus Gisdol’s Hamburger SV 3-0 on goals from Shinji Kagawa (24′), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (63′) and Christian Pulisic (79′). Robert Lewandowski (25′), James Rodriguez (29′) and Arturo Vidal (75′) scored for Bayern in a 3-0 win over Domenico Tedesco’s Schalke 04 at the Veltins Arena.
“It was a good display over 90 minutes,” said Ancelotti. “We played with high intensity and were compact in defence. James played very well, working hard for the team, with good combinations, but he’s not at 100 perecnt in terms of stamina. But everyone was very strong today, it’s hard to single out a player. I’m pleased for all of them.“
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“Yes, I’m glad I kept a clean sheet and that we took three points today,” said Sven Ulreich. “It’s never easy away to Schalke but we did a good job. It wasn’t easy at times. Schalke played well, applying pressure. We made a few simple mistakes in our build-up play, especially in the second half, when they had chances. We have to improve in this regard. But we staged good attacks, we created the goals well. The lads did a superb job, that’s why the win was deserved.”
“I think both teams made many mistakes in the build-up play,” concluded the youngster, Joshua Kimmich. “We were awarded the penalty and made it two after a mistake by Schalke. But we allowed Schalke to create chances again and again. If you concede a goal it might be tight. But I think we did a decent job controlling the match in the second half, allowing only few chances apart from a few efforts from distance. I think it was a deserved victory.”
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“It was not an easy game,” said Bosz of Dortmund’s win over Hamburg. “HSV applied a lot of pressure. It was difficult in the first half in particular, but even then we should have scored two or three goals. We played too many long balls. All in all, though, it was a very good performance from us and we deserved to win in the end.”
“We had to play at speed and did not expect Hamburg to pressure us so much going forward,” said Pulisic, who is rounding back to form ahead of the World Cup qualifiers with Panama and Trinidad and Tobago for the USMNT. “It took a while but we moved the ball about and then the first goal came. Five matches without conceding – we’re doing brilliantly at the moment! We’re trying to win every game.”
Borussia Dortmund take on Borussia Monchengladback at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, Sept. 23 while Bayern Munich hosted VfL Wolfsburg at Allianz Arena on Friday. That match ended 2-2 and a full report on that and Dortmund’s contest will be posted later this week on TST.