- Aubameyang three goals clear of Anthony Modeste at top of scoring chart with 15 strikes.
- Gabonese forward hoping to land at least one title this season.
- Robert Lewandowski still regarded as his main rival in scoring race.
Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 12 with an emphatic 4-1 win in the battle of the Borussias against Mönchengladbach, and an outstanding Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was once again the main protagonist.
The Gabon forward scored goals number 14 and 15 of a season he intends to conclude with at least some silverware – be it individual or with his team. "I want to win a title, it's on my mind and of course I want to win the top-scorer award, so that's my objective now," he said following victory at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK. "For the moment I am only thinking about this and after we will see what happens."
Watch: Aubameyang discusses race for top-scorer's title:
After drawing the short straw with both Robert Lewandowski and FC Bayern München last season, the 27-year-old has made no secret of his desire to emerge on top next May. He laid the gauntlet down to the Pole at the start of the season, although despite opening up a six-goal advantage at the top of the scoring charts, his rhetoric was more restrained following Matchday 13.
"I don't want to say anything because he's a sniper and we know that," Aubameyang said. "We know that he can score five goals in nine minutes so that's why I'm not saying anything."
"When you have players like Marco and Dembele, you just have to shoot the ball and it's a goal." - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Instead, the Gabonese goalscorer is letting his goals do the talking, and that is looking quite easy with Marco Reus and Ousmane Dembele providing support. "The connection was very good and we are happy that it is working – I hope we will continue like this," he said. "I feel very good and when you have players like Marco and Dembele, you just have to shoot the ball and it's a goal."
He has done that 15 times in just 12 appearances – a rate which could see him smash records this season. With three games to go before the winter break, though, he has just set himself a preliminary target, followed by a promise.
"Last year it was 18, I think, before Christmas and yes, I hope to do better than last year and then we will see," Aubameyang said. "I have to play the second half of the season better than last year because so many times I played not so good in the second half of last year so I will be more focused."
Focused on personal but also collective glory as Dortmund head into 2017 with tabs on three trophies: the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Even if he has supplied just about half of his side's Bundesliga goals this season, Aubameyang is convinced they could get by without him too. "Of course it's many goals, but I think they can play without me," he said. "We have a great team. Okay, I am part of the team but I think everybody is important."
Watch: Marco Reus says Dortmund need continuity: