The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com takes Borussia Dortmund under the microscope.
The story so far
Much was expected of Thomas Tuchel when he took over as BVB head coach in the summer, and the 42-year-old has not disappointed. He began his reign with a club-record five-game winning run in the Bundesliga, enthralling fans and neutrals alike with an aggressive, attacking playing style.
Although Dortmund were soundly beaten by FC Bayern München on Matchday 8, they have shown a resilience they lacked last year and bounced back with a string of blistering displays. Furthermore, the Schwarz-Gelben have reached the knockout rounds of the UEFA Europa League and progressed to the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup, paving the way for a potentially successful season finale.
- Dortmund have scored the most goals in the Bundesliga at the midway point (47).
- BVB are the most efficient team in front of goal, averaging six shots per goal.
- They have scored the most Bundesliga goals from open play this season (41).
This time last year Dortmund were second bottom of the standings following a dreadful start to the 2014/15 season. That they are now second to FC Bayern München over this winter break owes a lot to the form of striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The Gabon international has taken his game to another level this term and currently leads the Bundesliga scoring chart with an astonishing 18 goals, plus four assists to boot. He also started the campaign with a record-breaking run of finding the net at least once in eight consecutive matches.
With electrifying pace, intelligent movement off the ball and a clinical eye for goal, Aubameyang has now deservedly earned a reputation as one of the most feared strikers in Europe.
Trace the ups and downs of Dortmund's season so far with our interactive league table. Simply click on the + symbol at the end of each row in the standings for a comprehensive statistical overview.
Relive the action from Dortmund's 3-2 Revierderby win over Schalke in the video below: