Julian Weigl admits even he has been surprised by his meteoric rise after the Borussia Dortmund midfielder passed FC Bayern München star Xabi Alonso to set a new season record on Matchday 16.

Alonso has a World Cup winner's medal and two UEFA EURO titles in addition to a UEFA Champions League triumph and a weighty list of former clubs.

Weigl has yet to scale those heights, but the 20-year-old, signed from Bundesliga 2 side 1860 Munich last summer, bettered the Spanish great's record of 172 touches - set on Matchday 14 - with 189 touches in BVB's 4-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Question: Julian, you’ve settled in in record time at Borussia Dortmund after joining from 1860 last summer. What do you make of your first six months at the club?

Julian Weigl: Everything happened much quicker than I could’ve thought or even dreamed of. Joining a squad that consists of top players from a Bundesliga 2 side in the summer, I had to be realistic. I just wanted to adapt and watch and learn as much as possible. I then got to play a lot, which I’m delighted about. Now I’ve set myself new targets: I want to maintain my form and remain in the team. I want to be successful with the team and treat our fans by winning the last two games before the winter break.

Question: There was a massive improvement against Frankfurt compared to the UEFA Europa League defeat to PAOK. Was it difficult making that step up?

Weigl: We know what this team is capable of. Everyone was up for the game, everyone wanted to give the fans a good send-off in our last home game before the winter break. I think it went really well for us.

Question: BVB had to come back from an early goal down, though…

Weigl: Obviously it’s annoying that we conceded from the opposition’s first real chance on goal, and on the counter at that. But we kept our cool and played our game. In the end, we thoroughly deserved the win.

Question: There were six Dortmund players to Frankfurt’s two on the counter. What went wrong?

Weigl: We had it in hand. We had [Haris] Seferovic under control when he was on the ball. He could only play the ball behind him. Then Alex Meier arrived unmarked. I wanted to get a block in, but he shot in the opposition direction to the direction I was running in. In doing so, I obstructed Roman Bürki’s view. You can’t get in the way of every shot on goal, but in this instance we definitely had enough players to. Next time, we have to defend differently.

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Question: Thomas Tuchel didn’t look like he was entirely happy with your decisions on the pitch at times. What got his back up?

Weigl: I can’t say for sure (laughs). I could only hear someone on the touchline shouting. There were two occasions when I went for the easy option. Maybe I should have been quicker to instigate a counter, but on one occasion by the time I saw Marco Reus was free, it was too late. At 20, though, I’m going to make the odd bad decision. I hope the coach can forgive that. It was much better in the second half. I played some dangerous forward balls.

Question: When Mats Hummels made it three, it was pretty clear the team weren’t just celebrating the goal but the goalscorer, too. Is that a fair assessment?

Weigl: Yes, definitely. It’s not every day Mats scores. Of course we were delighted for him. Too much has been said and written about him recently - negative stuff, too. You’re twice as happy if he answers his critics. It was a nice goal as well. He doesn’t always strike the ball like that.

BVB captain Mats Hummels shares his thoughts on the Frankfurt win.

Question: On Wednesday, you face an improving FC Augsburg side in the DFB Cup. What do you expect from the game?

Weigl: It’s certainly never easy against Augsburg. They’re on a roll and anything can happen in a knockout game. Sometimes the little things make the difference, but if we approach the game like we did at home to Augsburg [in the Bundesliga] and get at them from the start, it’ll be extremely difficult to beat us. We’ll go there with exactly that sort of belief.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund