Lukasz Piszczek became the first Polish player to appear 250 times in the Bundesliga when he took to the field in a game which took his career in Germany full circle at the weekend.


The full-back started life in the Bundesliga at Hertha Berlin, and it was against his first German club that he reached the landmark figure in Saturday's 2-0 win for Borussia Dortmund, after which he took time out to discuss the emotions of the occasion and Dortmund's start to the season.

Question: Lukasz Piszczek, Dortmund have started the season with two wins, scoring five and not conceding any. How does it feel to be leading the way?

Lukasz Piszczek: It's great! We set our hearts on going into the international break after making a good start to the season and we started very well in Wolfsburg. It was a bit tougher against Hertha because they defended really well, but we got the goals at the right time.

With two wins from two, Dortmund have a lot to celebrate going into the international break. © gettyimages

Question: Were you a little surprised that, in the end, it was such a clear win for Borussia?

Piszczek: Berlin's plan was clearly to sit deep, be compact and then hit us on the break. We've trained for this eventuality a lot in pre-season and worked hard on preventing counterattacks, and that paid off – it worked really well.

Question: Your counter pressing also worked well – it looked a bit like the Jürgen Klopp times...

Piszczek: (smiles) You could see it that way, but we're now working for Peter Bosz and this is one of the ways he views football, and what he expects from us. We try our best to do what he wants and I think it's looking pretty good already.

Question: So are you saying that the team have already totally understood Bosz's style of play?

Piszczek: It's not as easy as that. It's looking good, but it also depends a lot on our opponents and their style of play. If our opponents did a better job, then maybe people would be saying we're not where we want to be yet. But it's definitely positive that we've not conceded many chances in these first two games and we're definitely heading in the right direction, but now we've got to keep this up and continue to work hard in training.

Question: This was quite a special game for you personally, and it included a milestone...

Piszczek: I'm absolutely delighted to have 250 Bundesliga games under my belt, but I hope I have plenty more to come. The main thing is that I remain fit and healthy, then we'll see how many games I get to play come the end of my career.

With a goal and an assist, Nuri Sahin was back to his best on Saturday, much to Piszczek's delight. © imago

Question: Against Berlin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored for the fourth competitive game running, and that takes him to 16 from his last 15 Bundesliga games. He's starting to get a bit carried away, isnt he?

Piszczek: (smiles) I'm just glad he's scoring so many and I hope it continues. As far as I'm concerned, he can extend his run to 100 games.

Question: What about Nuri Sahin – he had a tough time under Thomas Tuchel but now he's right back at the heart of Dortmund's game, and his goal and assist earned him the man-of-the-match award... 

Piszczek: I'm really pleased for Nuri. We've known each other a very long time and have a very good relationship. He's had a tough time, but that's behind him now and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he stays fit and continues to play like this. The coach is encouraging him and giving him confidence and I think you can see that in how he's playing.

Watch: Sahin says it was 'about time' he scored

Question: Are you actually relieved that the issue with Dembele going to Barcelona has now been resolved? Did that have any effect on the team?

Piszczek: Ousmane's been gone for two weeks now. We'd dealt with it as a team early doors and if he does come back to see us, then we'll sort everything out, but if not, then that's it. It is how it is. But I think the team have been strong to shove this to one side and not let it get to us, and we've done well to focus on our games.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund / translation by Ben Gladwell

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