With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
Thomas Tuchel could hardly have imagined a more superlative first 100 days in the Borussia Dortmund office…
The story so far
Tuchel and his troops had to report early for duty this season on account of last term's seventh-place finish, which meant they had to get through two qualifying rounds to reach the UEFA Europa League group stage. That did not matter, however, as the Westphalians marched to an 11-game winning streak in all competitions before being held at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 6.
Since a 5-1 loss at FC Bayern München on Matchday 8, Dortmund have picked up a new winning streak, winning their last seven games in all competitions up to the international break and closing to within five points of Bayern at the top of the Bundesliga, all whilst securing their berth in the last 32 of the Europa League and last 16 of the DFB Cup.
- Dortmund's attack hasn't been this strong since 1963/64, with only Bayern netting more than the 35 goals they have scored in 12 games.
- 26 of Dortmund's goals have come from passes – more than anybody else, including Bayern.
- Dortmund are the most efficient side in the league, with an average of six shots needed per goal.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has already found the back of the net 14 times. The last time a player achieved that in the Bundesliga after only 12 games was in 1980/81, and it was also a Dortmund player: Manfred Burgsmüller.
- Julian Weigl is the only Dortmund player to have appeared in all 22 of their matches so far this season.
Only twice this season has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the field of a Bundesliga match without having celebrated scoring at least one goal. The Gabon forward is already within two goals of his record for a season of 16 from last term, and if he can keep up his astonishing scoring rate, he could even burst through the 40-mark this season.
Most memorable quote
"I had read in the build-up to the game that he had something in mind, so I just turned a blind eye. In the return game, I would perhaps turn a blind eye again, but only in these two games.''
- Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on the celebration which earned Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang a yellow card in the Revierderby.
Many expected Julian Weigl to arrive and act as something of an apprentice at Dortmund, learning the ropes from some of the best in the business and being primed for his own entrance. Think again! Weigl has played in every single one of Dortmund's games, showing excellent passing qualities, the ability to cover great distances and a particular strength in the tackle. Rather than a watching brief, Weigl is the man being watched, particularly by Dortmund's opponents.
Check out Dortmund's match-by-match progress this season with our fully interactive table.