It was the perfect start and perfect end to a perfect opening game for Bayer Leverkusen and new manager Roger Schmidt as they sealed a 2-0 win away at Borussia Dortmund.
Karim Bellarabi shocked the Westfalenstadion crowd as the buzzing atmosphere soon turned to stunned silence when Leverkusen swept the ball to goal in nine seconds - the fastest goal ever scored in the German league. This beat the previous record set by Giovane Elber and Ulf Kirsten with 11 seconds.
At the end of the match, in the tense final moments, a slip up from Erik Durm allowed Bellarabi to play in Stefan Kießling who smashed the ball over Mitchell Lanagrak to make sure of the three points.
Falling behind always dents confidence but conceding without even touching the ball really does rattle the nerves. But for Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp it was not the players who were at fault but rather himself as he took responsibility for the lack of alertness.
Klopp explained: "Making sure the team is awake is my responsibility and their attitude and so on is also largely down to me. Therefore I’ll have to think about what exactly happened today."
Bayer's intense attacking pressure was a wary threat for his side but he still believes that this wasn't the reason for the defeat.
"It probably didn’t surprise any of us that Leverkusen opted to play such an attacking game," Klopp continued.
"It was clear that they would, but that wasn’t the problem. We weren’t able to take advantage of it. If we’d played well we’d have switched the play and then suddenly we’d have had two players bearing down on their goal. We didn’t do that.”
Dortmund were not short of attacking options going into their opening game. Although they were without Adrian Ramos, BVB started with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and last season's Serie A top goalscorer Ciro Immobile leading the line with Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan supporting. Unfortunately, neither of their star men were able to step up and match their Bayer counterparts.
Leverkusen's aggressive start to the new Bundesliga campaign in what was foreseen as the biggest game of the weekend has sent a massive message out to the rest of the league and particularly Bayern Munich.
New arrival Hakan Calhanoglu appeared to fit in well with his new side as he was influential in Bayer's build-up play but it was Bellarabi who made the biggest impact. When receiving the ball he looked livery throughout and was always looking to make the next move happen.
Kießling maintained his strong start to the season after five goals in the DFB Pokal along with another in the Champions League play off and if he manages to replicate the strong goalscoring form that he is capable of then this could be a very strong campaign for Schmidt's side. In support Schmidt has Heung-Min Son and Josip Drmic on hand to assist his main forward.
The fast-paced attacking style, similar to how Dortmund are usually able to play, could cause problems for the reigning champions Bayern who were shaken by Wolfsburg in their opening game as they had to hold on to a 2-1 lead for the majority of the second half.
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