Well that was fun. BVB beat Legia Warsaw 6-0 in the first group stage match of the 2016-2017 Champions League. Those 6 goals came from 6 different goal scorers as well, with Aubameyang, Castro, Bartra, Sokratis, Raphael, and Gotze all scoring. Overall, Dortmund dominated the game and didn’t give Warsaw that much of a chance.
Here was our starting line-up in Poland:
...and our subs were Mor, Castro and Ginter.
Our Play In The Final Third Was Fantastic
Something that was obvious the whole game was our ball movement in the final third. It was on point. Now we may have been playing a very sub-par defense, but if we can make moves like that half the time against better opposition it bodes well for our season. Pulisic and Raph in particular were able to make play-after-play around the box to find their teammates.
In Raph We Trust
Raphael Guerreiro’s traditionally a left back, but Tuchel has liked to use him as midfielder as well. Playing in the central midfield this game he showed us why.
Raph’s vision is top notch, and his crossing and ball skills make him perfect to be a multi-tool central mid. His ability to take free kicks is something BVB has needed for awhile. Both goals from our center-backs came from free kicks that Raph had taken. We still have a lot more to see from young Raph Guerriero.
The Pulisic Hype Train Keeps on Rolling
While the 17-year-old American didn’t score any goals, he sure made a huge impact. He provided the cross that assisted Gonzalo’s goal, but that far from his only contribution this game. He was calm on the ball and his passing was calculated and always useful. These kind of skills are rare for someone so young.
After a lot of hullabaloo from the press going into the end of the transfer window, Pulisic is around to stay, not because he's a project but because he's already a steady contributor to this team.
GOTZE IS BACK BABY!!!
The goal speaks for itself. Welcome back kiddo.