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A quick note about this second monthly update; my bad entirely for forgetting to screenshot the Champions League groups for both teams, so you'll have to just imagine it for this month. I have the images for next month, don't worry
WERDER BREMEN 0-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND (BUNDESLIGA)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Karim Bellarabi
ARSENAL 2-2 BORUSSIA DORTMUND (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
Ciro Immobile, Henrikh Mkhitaryan
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 5-1 AUGSBURG (BUNDESLIGA)
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (x3), Ragnar Klavan (OG), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
STUTTGART 1-1 BORUSSIA DORTMUND (BUNDESLIGA)
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 5-1 MAINZ (BUNDESLIGA)
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus (pen), Karim Bellarabi, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ciro Immobile
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-1 PARIS ST.-GERMAIN (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
Milos Jojic, Ciro Immobile, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus (pen)
It was another excellent month for Brian Laudrup's Borussia Dortmund as they stormed their way to four wins in six games and kept pace with Bayern in the Bundesliga and Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League.
At home, we continued firing on all cylinders. We managed to score fourteen goals in three games at the Signal Iduna Park including an absolutely sensational 4-1 thrashing of French giants Paris St.-Germain that really got me optimistic. We also managed a creditable 2-2 draw at the Emirates, coming back from 2-0 down at half time to keep the results flowing in Europe.
Domestically, we managed two 5-1 wins in the Bundesliga over Mainz and Augsburg. Karim Bellarabi has been instrumental in these wins; Laudrup's first signing in charge in Germany managed to chip in two goals and six assists throughout September, utilizing his blistering pace and dribbling skills to make a huge impact.
The only truly frustrating result of the month was a 1-1 draw on the road against Stuttgart. However, because Bayern drew Borussia Moenchengladbach in the same week, der BVB managed to stay point-for-point with the title favorites and manage to save some face in the process.
Next month, that duel with Bayern will come the fore again when Dortmund play the Bavarian giants at the Allianz Arena. Until then, the two will rest atop the table, fighting to find a way to just stick their necks ahead.
REAL MADRID 4-1 ATLETICO MADRID (LA LIGA)
ATLETICO MADRID 2-2 AJAX (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
ATLETICO MADRID 4-1 CELTA VIGO (LA LIGA)
Guilherme Siqueira (x2), Mattia Destro, Arda Turan
ALMERIA 2-2 ATLETICO MADRID (LA LIGA)
Mattia Destro, Gabi
ATLETICO MADRID 3-0 SEVILLA (LA LIGA)
Gabi, Antoine Griezmann, Alessio Cerci
LUDOGORETS 1-2 ATLETICO MADRID (CHAMPIONS LEAGUE)
Arda Turan, Mario Mandzukic
It was an incredibly frustrating month for Atletico Madrid fans as Michael Laudrup's start to the season took a bit of a sour turn. The month started off with a Derby Madrileno thrashing at the hands of Real Madrid. The whole club felt optimistic going on, but we were by far the inferior team and paid a heavy price.
The match against Ajax was perhaps even worse. Up 1-0 after 60 minutes, Laudrup decided to make a triple change to his side that was suddenly struggling to even hold on against Ajax's rampant defense. Within ten minutes of that major shift, both Gabi and Joao Miranda were sent off, leaving us down to ten men. We then gave up the lead...twice...and dropped two points at home.
We then managed a big win against Celta before yet again massively disappointing against lowly Almeria. After coming from 1-0 down, we were leading 2-1 with just ten minutes to go when Thievy scored an equalizer to prove Atleti fans another kick in the teeth.
After that, Los Colchoneros finally picked their form back up to win two straight matches, including a very strong win at home against Sevilla. A 2-1 win over Ludogorets also gave the side their first win in Europe this year and something to build on in weeks ahead.
Next month will have to be a lot better for the capital city side. It will start tough on the road against Valencia, but from there, winnable fixtures loom. If Michael Laudrup wants this reign to be as successful as he wants, the wins need to start flowing now.