Borussia Dortmund secured an almost perfect start to their 2018/19 Bundesliga campaign on Sunday evening; seeing off a resilient RB Leipzig 4-1 at the Signal Iduna Park.
Less than a minute was on the clock before last season's fourth-place finishers found themselves behind as
Key Talking Point
It was almost commonplace last season for the Champions League hopefuls to take their foot off the gas when finding themselves in the ascendency. But this year, in the opening Bundesliga minutes, anyway, a different philosophy seems apparent.
A three-minute spell - one that has not been witnessed enough since the days of Jurgen Klopp - saw BVB take the game away from Leipzig, with two quick-fire goals via the unfortunate Sabitzer and Witsel effectively sealing the three points.
Although the Bundesliga campaign is still only 90 minutes old,
An excellent performance by Dortmund. Fun to watch.— Rick (@Rick_1892) 26 August 2018
Starting XI: Roman Burki (7);
Substitutes: Marius Wolf (6), Jadon Sancho (7),
Although the American failed to find his name on the scoresheet, Pulisic's overall game edged him ahead of team-mates Reus, Dahoud and Witsel - all of whom impressed.
The 19-year-old had opposite man
Christian Pulisic was (officially) fouled six times in the first half today vs RB Leipzig.— Paul Carr (@PaulCarr) 26 August 2018
That's already the most he's been fouled in any of his 71 career Bundesliga games.
A relatively solid afternoon for the hosts; however, defensively, they still look suspect. The partnership between
Substitutes: Timo Werner (6),
Despite the scoreline, several RB Leipzig players did themselves proud during their seventh competitive match of the campaign, with the likes of
However, it was the former Dortmund man, Kampl who shone brightest for
Marcel Sabitzer certainly had an opening day to forget at Dortmund. Despite the obvious blunder - although extremely unfortunate - the Austrian offered very little in any aspect on Sunday evening.
It came as no real surprise when
Three points against a fellow big side in the Bundesliga will give Dortmund great confidence with the new season ahead.
The aforementioned ruthlessness will be a significant addition to their game if they can maintain such mental strength over the coming months - although defensively, much work is still to be done.
Nevertheless, despite the noticeable downturn in performance during the second half, BVB got the job done - and offered