Borussia Dortmund put Borussia Monchengladbach to the sword in a 4-0 routing in their season opener.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan grabbed a brace while Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang each scored once in a game where the home team ruthlessly took apart their opposition.
It was the debut Bundesliga match for Dortmund’s new manager Thomas Tuchel. He has big shoes to fill in along with a massive responsibility of returning the club to Europe.
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His first Bundesliga game in charge truly surpassed all expectations as his team hammered four goals past the team who finished third in the league last season.
Monchengladbach had simply no answer to the home team’s tactics. The match was well over in the first half when the away team conceded three goals in just 33 minutes.
Dortmund’s high pressing game proved too much for a young Monchengladbach defence. The pace of Aubameyang and Reus in particular constantly troubled the opposition defenders.
Mats Hummels put on a commanding display in the role of a ball-playing centre back while Ikay Gundogan controlled the midfield alongside new signing Julian Weigl.
Marco Reus opened the scoring on 15 minutes to give Dortmund the lead. Shinji Kagawa’s pass was well picked up and controlled by the German, who then fired a thunderous shot past Monchengladbach keeper, Yann Sommer.
Aubameyang’s header from a Marcel Schmelzer cross put the scoreboard at 2-0. Their third goal was a product of excellent counter attacking football. Gundogan played Aubameyang through with a gem of a pass.
The Gabon international beat the defender with pace and instead of finishing himself, set up Mkhitaryan for the third goal. Hummels came close to adding another to Dortmund’s tally as his header from a Kagawa corner was saved by another header from Raffael.
The match was virtually over by half time but Dortmund were intent on punishing the opposition even more. Reus turned provider this time as he assisted Mkhitaryan for his second simple tap-in.
The victory was even more convincing because Dortmund outfoxed their opposition in every aspect of the game. They seemed to have put behind last season’s awful memories under the guidance of a new manager in Tuchel.
Their overall approach to the game has remained the same with similar emphasis being put on ball retention and short passes. Tuchel's philosophy has earned rich dividends so far as the players are comfortably adapting to his system which in turn is boosting the team's performance.
The early signs are positive for the The Black and Yellows but it will be interesting to see if they can carry on with it for the remainder of season.