Bayern Munich's Harry Kane could scarcely be in better form ahead of his first taste of Der Klassiker.
Kane hit a hat-trick as Bayern thrashed Darmstadt 8-0 on Matchday 9 to take his tally to 12 goals across his first nine Bundesliga appearances. No player has ever scored as often in so few games in the history of German top-flight football.
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"I'm just keeping them in my hotel room at the moment. Obviously, I'm still waiting to find a house," Kane told bundesliga.com, after walking away with his second Derbystar match ball since joining Bayern from Tottenham Hotspur in August.
"This was a nice hat-trick, a couple of nice goals in there. Credit to the team. I've said before, with these players around me, I know I'm gonna get chances. So, I've just got to make sure I'm in the right places at the right time."
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Kane scored three times from eight attempts on goal against Darmstadt, his audacious strike from inside the Bayern half the pick of the bunch.
With a hat-trick against Bochum, a brace at home to Augsburg and further efforts in games with Werder Bremen, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Mainz, he is averaging a goal every 66 minutes in the Bundesliga.
Only Borussia Mönchengladbach and Freiburg have kept him out, though the 30-year-old England star did produce an assist against the latter. He also set up Jamal Musiala against Darmstadt, giving him his fifth provision of the campaign.
All told, the Bayern No.9 has contributed 17 of the record champions' 34 goals so far this season - a new Bundesliga record for a team at this juncture - whilst notching a pair of goals and assists in three UEFA Champions League assignments.
Kane's blistering start in Bayern colours has helped the defending champions put together a 13-match unbeaten run in all competitions, since the Supercup loss to RB Leipzig on his debut for the club.
Victory against the nine men of Darmstadt lifted Thomas Tuchel's charges into first place in the Bundesliga, for 24 hours at least. They face fourth-tier Saarbrücken in the DFB Cup second round on Wednesday, before travelling to Dortmund for Der Klassiker on Bundesliga Matchday 10.
Kane - who scored 14 English Premier League goals in 17 North London derby meetings between Tottenham and Arsenal - is relishing the challenge of facing Bayern's greatest rivals of the modern era for the first time.
"It's gonna be a tough match. Dortmund have started very well," he said in acknowledgement of BVB's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.
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"It'll be my first one, but I've played in a lot of derby games, rival games. So, I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure it'll be a great atmosphere from both teams. We have to go with the mindset to continue our form. We've been on a good momentum lately. Hopefully we can continue that in the cup and, of course, against Dortmund."
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