The old adage that good things come in threes certainly rings true at Borussia Dortmund at present.
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Dynamic midfield trio Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gündogan put on a clinic in BVB’s demonstrative 3-1 win away to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 18, each player capping a superlative individual display with a goal and assist.
"We all played brilliantly and can be very proud today," Gündogan told the media after the game. "More than anything, the way we played gives us confidence for the coming weeks. It's down to a lot of training and hard work, but obviously it's even more fun when you're successful. We want to continue in the same vein, so that we come out on top in the weeks ahead."
Recipe for success
Dortmund’s majestic triangle: it is the gift that just keeps on giving. With 17 goals and 13 assists between them, Reus, Mkhitaryan and Gündogan have had a direct say in an impressive 60 per cent of BVB’s Bundesliga-high 50 goals so far this term. Statistically that makes them the Bundesliga’s most prolific midfield three of the current campaign.
In their pursuit of honours in the Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Europa League, Dortmund appear to have the necessary formula in place to deliver a first major title since their Bundesliga and DFB Cup-winning heroics of 2011/12. And that is before any mention of leading goalscorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.