Bundesliga top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has several additional reasons for motivation ahead of his side’s showdown with VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday evening at the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off: 18:30CET/17:30GMT).
Alongside trying to increase his side’s over the third-placed Wolves, the Gabon international is aiming to get one over his good friend Josuha Guilavogui, former team-mate at AS Saint-Etienne and current midfield enforcer at VfL Wolfsburg.
“He wrote to me saying that they will win,” said Aubameyang in a press conference before BVB’s trip to Wolfsburg. “I was a bit angry after that but we’ll see tomorrow. He’s a good friend of mine, but tomorrow he’s my enemy. I won’t speak to him until after the game.”
'It'll be about revenge'
Aubameyang and Guilavogui played together at French top-flight side Saint-Etienne between 2011 and 2013, before both left for pastures news. Whereas Aubameyang’s career has been on an upward curve since he joined Borussia Dortmund that summer, culminating in his outstanding goalscoring run so far this term, Guilavogui has only really re-found his feet since joining the Wolves.
After an ill-fated spell at Club Atletico de Madrid, the 25-year-old made his way to the Volkswagen Arena at the start of 2014/15, where he quickly established himself as a vital cog alongside Luiz Gustavo in midfield. A successful first season culminated in DFB Cup success in Berlin in May – a 3-1 victory over Dortmund securing the Wolves’ maiden triumph in the competition.
“For me it’ll be about revenge,” said Aubameyang, who scored the opening goal in that final. “It’s an important game for us and I hope to win it.” That, however, will be a tough task against a Wolfsburg outfit unbeaten in the last 29 games on home turf, particularly as Dortmund are expected to be without Mats Hummels, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Julian Weigl, all victims of a sickness bug.
'Concentrating completely on my game'
While their absences have left BVB coach Thomas Tuchel with a headache at the back, up front Aubameyang, who has scored 17 goals in only 14 Bundesliga matches so far this season, will be raring to go. “The media circus around me hasn’t affected me at all,” he said. “I’m concentrating completely on my game and want to carry on.
“As for scoring 40 goals, I’m still pretty far off that sort of aim. It doesn’t interest me hugely at the moment.”