This is the first monthly report of the story, covering August for both Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid in order to be most efficient in keeping you all up to date in terms of fixtures and results! This little note is just an introduction, so let's jump on in!
HOMBURG 0-6 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Mats Hummels (pen), Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Karim Bellarabi, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (x2), Kevin Grosskreutz
BORUSSIA DORTMUND 4-2 KOLN
Milos Jojic, Kevin Grosskreutz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Shinji Kagawa
PADERBORN 1-3 BORUSSIA DORTMUND
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Ciro Immobile
We got off to an abysmally easy start to our season after the DLF-Supercup against Regional Division Southwest side Homburg in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, commonly known as the German Cup. It was the day before the transfer request of Mats and Jakub, so Hummels played that game and managed to score an early penalty as the goals went flowing.
Scoring thirteen goals in your first three games is always nice, and that's what we did as we continued on to steamroll Koln and Paderborn, both expected to finish very lowly in the Bundesliga this year. The two wins left us tied atop the table, and, though it's very early going, it's always nice to start positively.
I was very happy with the variety of goalscorers we had, with nine different players scoring. Hnerikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managed three each, while Kevin Grosskreutz followed closely with his two. If we continue in this vein, no defense will be able to hold us back.
RAYO VALLECANO 1-6 ATLETICO MADRID
Mario Mandzukic, Antoine Griezmann, Mattia Destro, Koke, Jose Gimenez
ATLETICO MADRID 4-1 EIBAR
Mario Mandzukic, Mattia Destro (x3)
The results won by Michael's men over in Spain weren't all too different. Despite not winning the Supercopa, I personally was ecstatic that we beat Real Madrid and showed that we will be competing with the big boys again this year.
Scoring ten league goals in two games was a wonderful thing to watch for the fans and for the manager. Michael managed to shock a lot of people by lining up in a 4-4-2
in both league matches and encouraging a rather direct approach, hoping to maximize the effect of Mario MAndzukic and Mattia Destro playing together as a strike partnership.
This worked superbly, with Mandzukic picking up three goals and Destro getting four including a wonderful hattrick against newly promoted Eibar. Unfortunately, our very next game is, yet again, away to Real Madrid, and thus we will play them three times in the first five games of the year. Until then, we remain atop the table. Our first major La Liga test is looming.