The Swiss custodian underlined his status as the BVB number one with a string of remarkable saves against FC Bayern München on Saturday night, a performance which also cemented his position as one of world football's rising goalkeeping stars.
Bürki was called into action almost immediately at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, although his beginning to proceedings was far from auspicious. The 25-year-old struggled to deal with a fifth-minute cross, his attempted clearance only landing at the feet of Thomas Müller, who struck his shot over the bar.
Bürki to the rescue
"You always have to expect a rebound. I thought I dealt with the cross very well," said Bürki, who dislodged club legend Roman Weidenfeller at the start of the season. "It's not my job to mark Thomas Müller. My job is to get rid of the ball far enough so that nobody in the centre can head it in."
Though that incident may have quickened the home fans' pulses unnecessarily, the massed BVB faithful were indebted to the former SC Freiburg man soon afterwards when he produced one of the finest individual moments of an enthralling Der Klassiker.
With Douglas Costa sent clear by Arjen Robben in the 27th minute, Bürki rushed off his line to deny the Brazilian the opening goal courtesy of an excellent save with his legs. "If you take risks against Bayern, then you're also going to allow chances at the other end," said Bürki.
That was certainly the case on Saturday, with BVB fortunate to have the dependable Swiss on top form between the sticks. Bürki produced further outstanding saves from Robben in the 43rd minute and then Arturo Vidal in the 64th minute.
The Chile international must have thought he had scored a crucial opening goal when he crashed his shot through a wall of defenders from around the penalty spot, only for Bürki's fingertips to push Vidal's piledriver onto, and then over, the bar. It was the type of save that usually wins games, although on this occasion secured Dortmund a crucial share of the points, leaving Thomas Tuchel’s men still five points behind Bayern with nine games to play.
'Draw probably fair'
"Both teams could have scored, so a draw is probably a fair result," said Bürki. "We'll keep trying to win our games and then we can't control what happens elsewhere. I'm pleased that we managed to keep a clean sheet against Bayern today. We showed that we can compete on a level playing field with them."
That they managed to do so was in no small part down to Bürki, one of a triumvirate of Swiss goalkeepers in the top-flight battling it out for the country’s number-one spot at UEFA EURO 2016.
"I always try to give it my all. Sometimes it works out well, sometimes less so – I'm pleased it went well in this game," said Bürki. While his attitude underlines that he is set firm on succeeding for Dortmund this season, his performances are pointing to a bright future at domestic and international level.
With his goalkeeping rivals for the Nati - Borussia Mönchengladbach's Yann Sommer and FC Augsburg's Marwin Hitz – both shipping goals of late, Bürki may look back and reflect that Der Klassiker was the perfect stage on which to shine.