Lucien Favre’s young guns went up against local rivals Schalke and after an impressive 4-0 win at Signal-Iduna Park, the Black and Yellow of Dortmund will have an undisputed claim to regional bragging rights over the next few months.
Dortmund may not have had Jadon Sancho in the starting eleven, but the absence of the England international was no problem whatsoever and especially, as Erling Haaland showed no signs of shooting ring rust.
The Norwegian teenager has been nothing short of a sensation since his move from Red Bull Salzburg and after opening the scoring against David Wagner’s Schalke, he takes his Bundesliga tally to ten goals in just nine matches.
After such an impressive performance, Dortmund did temporarily close the gap at the top to just a solitary point and although the gap after Bayern Munich’s win on Sunday has restored it to four, you cannot rule Lucien Favre’s men out of the Bundesliga title race.
If they are to win a first championship since 2012, then fixtures such as this weekend’s trip to Wolfsburg are the meetings that they must win – in fairness, they will probably have to win every game in order to wrestle the German domestic crown from Bayern.
The visit to the home of the Volkswagen will not be an easy one and with this weekend’s hosts currently lying in sixth and hoping for a place in next season’s Europa League, they would love nothing more than to claim a major scalp.