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Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bayern Munich: 3 talking points

Sunday 5th November 2017
The clash between the Bundesliga's top two sides saw Borussia Dortmund welcome Bayern Munich to a rocking Westfalenstadion. It was this season's first league Der Klassiker.  

The two teams proved why they have dominated German football in recent years.   In the end, Bayern emerged as the winners with a commanding 3-1 scoreline. Goals from Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski were enough to earn the league leaders all three points.
After a poor start to the campaign, the Bavarians are experiencing somewhat of a resurgence since Jupp Heynckes returned to take charge. The reigning champions have now won last seven games in all competitions, whereas Dortmund haven't tasted league victory since September.

Here are three talking points from Bayern Munich's 3-1 success over Borussia Dortmund.  

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang disappoints

In Der Klassiker, teams need best players to step up. With Marco Reus perpetually injured, the goalscoring responsibilities fall solely onto Aubameyang's shoulders. And to be fair, the striker has scored 15 times in 17 appearances this season. When his teammates really needed him, though, the 28-year-old went into hiding. Granted, it's no easy feat to score against Bayern's defence, but his manager, Peter Bosz, required the talisman to at least make enticing runs to destabilise the opposition's backline. Aubameyang didn't cooperate.
The Gabon international attempted three shots, with just one hitting the target. His attacking threat was lacking. With a diabolical pass accuracy of 69%, his link-up play also didn't offer much. Aubameyang has now failed to score in past four games. Many believe he doesn't deserve comparisons to fellow frontmen, Lewandowski and Sergio Aguero. Judging by Saturday's performance, that seems true.

Arjen Robben delivers again

A man notorious for cutting inside and curling the ball with his left foot to score, amusingly, is never prevented from doing so. The opposition realise what his next move will be, but the defence still can't stop him. Why? Well, Robben is world class. In the season's biggest match thus far, the 33-year-old opened the scoring in emphatic fashion, setting the tone for the game.
The Flying Dutchman was everywhere for Heynckes' side. His counter-attacking display was exceptional. During the 90 minutes, Robben created three chances, as well as completed three dribbles. The game's opener took his career total at Bayern Munich to 119 goals.

Christian Pulisic is a star

If there are any positives for Bosz to take from the defeat, Christian Pulisic's performance tops the list. He has been a revelation at the Westfalenstadion since graduating from the club's academy. The 19-year-old possesses bewildering close control, along with an eye for a pass. It puts him among the world's best players in his age bracket.
After Aubameyang, the American's name is next on the Dortmund teamsheet. His influence is undeniable. Against Germany's best team, Pulisic successfully completed eight take-ons, touched the ball 46 times and created three goalscoring chances. It's a pity his teammates weren't on the same wavelength.
Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with ample amounts of passion for both Cristiano Ronaldo & Real Madrid. I'm one of those bandwagonist hipster fans that will claim to know everything about football, but only watches the El Clasico outside of the Premier League. Forgive me, I'm trying. Oh yeah, #WengerOut. 

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