Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his fine preseason form, scoring a brilliant hattrick in Spain in a 3-0 demolition of lower division side CD Tenerife SAD.
Borussia Dortmund: Rest of Preseason
After a strong preseason tour in Switzerland, Borussia Dortmund completed their preseason in style, winning three straight games and outscoring their opponents by 11 goals to 2, 4 of which came against Italian giants AC Milan. Der BVB first played a quick friendly in Siegen before flying out to Spain and Italy to finish preparing for the competitive fixtures.
A couple of players returned from extended leave for these last few friendlies including the likes of Ciro Immobile. The Italian striker turned on his form as well, scoring four goals in those three games, and staking a place in the squad. Here are how all the fixtures ended up:
Things started very brightly in this preseason run with a straightforward match against Siegen. Ciro Immobile scored a brace on his friendly debut, and Karim Bellarabi added a debut goal as well, endearing themselves immediately to the Borussia Dortmund faithful and paving the way for an easy win.
The match against CD Tenerife, frankly, was the Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang show. The Gabonese international attacker, normally a right winger but playing as a striker for most of this preseason, scored three goals in just sixteen minutes, the last two goals within a minute of each other, to sink the Spanish side without a sweat.
The final match promised to be the most difficult. Coming up against a relatively strong AC Milan side, Ciro Immobile again took control. Back home in Italy, the striker scored twice, aided by on-fire Henrikh Mkhitaryan and American winger Joseph-Claude Gyau, to send der BVB into the regular season with a lot of condience.
Player of the Rest of the Preseason
was quite clearly the best player of the rest of the preseason. The striker, recently purchased after scoring 22 goals in Serie A last season, showed why he was so well sought-after, scoring four goals in three games. He will likely be our first choice striker for the season, and if he continues in this form, it'll be a great season indeed.