Summary

  • Piszczek the Bundesliga's most prolific defender this season.
  • Pole said Dortmund had to show a reaction after back-to-back defeats.
  • Dortmund up to third thanks to win.

With one goal scored and a further two created, Lukasz Piszczek was the standout figure in Borussia Dortmund's convincing 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg.

With five goals already this term, the Pole has set a new personal best for a single season and he is currently the most prolific defender in the Bundesliga. The 31-year-old said it is just a case of getting himself within striking distance more frequently than before – that and the fact "the ball seems to come to me" when he is there. 

Check out how many points Piszczek earned in Official Fantasy Bundesliga here!

It is not purely down to luck, though, and BVB coach Thomas Tuchel acknowledged that Piszczek "embodies everything that is so great about this club, and what this club should stand for." What does Piszczek think? Find out in this post-match interview.

Watch: Piszczek thrilled with Wolfsburg win:

Question: Lukasz Piszczek, this goal against Wolfsburg was already your fifth of the season. Do you have an explanation for why you're suddenly scoring so many?

Lukasz Piszczek: I've been getting up for more corners and I've just been taking my chances. Things just seem to be working out better than they did in the past – the ball seems to come to me and I just try to bury it.

Question: How much did you need this comfortable win after defeats to Darmstadt and Benfica?

Piszczek: A lot! It was extremely important that we showed a reaction as a team. We controlled the game and, in the end, fully deserved to win by such a margin.

Piszczek's header helped Dortmund to a routine win over Wolfsburg - a result which lifted them up to third. © gettyimages / Christof Koepsel/Bongarts

Question: Looking at this good performance and the way you played in Lisbon, that Darmstadt game looks all the more out of character...

Piszczek: Darmstadt are fighting for survival and that's not to say that they can't play good football either. It's just not one of those places where you can go and expect to pick up three points easily. Of course we've got to be beating teams like them, but that's why it was so important that we stepped up a gear against Benfica and now against Wolfsburg.

After missing chance after chance in Lisbon, Dortmund were happy to have three goals to celebrate on Saturday. © imago / Kolvenbach

Question: What was lacking in Lisbon, however, were the goals...

Piszczek: We wasted so many chances in Lisbon and we were desperate not to do that again today. We not only created chances today, but we also put them away – three times. That's great from the whole team.

Question: Frankfurt lost, Hertha picked up just a point and Dortmund are back up to third... 

Piszczek: Of course the results have gone our way, but we just need to keep on focusing on ourselves and picking up points. If we keep going this way then we don't really have to look at our rivals much at all.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund / Translation by Ben Gladwell