Peter Bosz’s Borussia Dortmund are in tip top form and are ready for their next test in the UEFA Champions League. BVB hosted Dieter Hecking’s Borussia Monchengladbach and delivered a 6-1 hiding to move top of the table. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick in the 45th, 49th and 62nd minutes while Maximilian Philipp bagged a brace in the 28th and 38th minutes of play. Julian Weigl scored in the 79th minute while Gladbach’s lone consolation goal came against Lars Stindl in the 66th minute of play.
As for Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich, at the Allianz Arena, Robert Lewandowski (33′) and Arjen Robben (42′) put the defending league champions ahead 2-0 at the break. However, Martin Schmidt’s VFL Wolfsburg battled back with goals from Maximilian Arnold (56′) and Daniel Didavi (83′) for a 2-2 draw at full time. As with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern will be heading into their next UEFA Champions League match day on a drawn match and some questions to answer at Le Parc des Princes.
“We didn’t play as we had planned,” said Ancelotti. “We were slow, without intensity, not compact enough. We didn’t control the game as we usually do, that’s why we drew. Sven made a mistake but we ultimately drew because we didn’t play well as a team. We’ll have to turn in a different display in Paris.”
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“Wolfsburg didn’t win the point, we handed it over as a present,” said Thomas Muller. “We had two or three gilt-edged chances in the second half, we have to make the most of them. At the back we made it easy for Wolfsburg twice. We didn’t move as a team in the second half, there were some gaps. In terms of intensity it was a step backwards compared to the matches against Schalke and Mainz.”
“After conceding the first goal we absolutely wanted to score but failed to organise it well,” added Bayern’s Mats Hummels. “We missed two or three chances to make it three. We didn’t really allow a lot at the back but still conceded two goals. We have to accept it now.”
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“It was important that we stayed patient,” Philipp said of Dortmund’s result. “We did not have clear cut chances at the beginning of the match, and were even caught out on the break, but luckily Roman stopped us from going 0-1 down. After we went a goal up, things got a bit easier for us, and then it went really well. From then on, our plays were good and we had clear chances on goal. The conceded goal tarnishes the whole thing slightly.”
“I have always wanted to score in front of the South Stand and I’m overjoyed,” added Weigl. “The way the ball fell to me meant the only thing I could do was to take it on the volley. The incredible quality we have going forward was decisive for the win. And we also demonstrated that we have got quality and depth across the squad.
It will not be easy for Dortmund, going forward, as their next UEFA Champions League opponent is a certain Real Madrid. Yeah, the champions of Europe and the world. THAT Bayern Munich. They rumble on Sept. 26. Paris and Bayern tango on Sept. 27 and both matches kick off at the same time: 11:45 a.m. PT/2:45 p.m. ET.