Borussia Dortmund's stunning opening to the season has taken them to the top of the table. - © © gettyimages / Lars Baron
Borussia Dortmund's stunning opening to the season has taken them to the top of the table. - © © gettyimages / Lars Baron

Paco Alcacer, Marco Reus & the numbers behind Borussia Dortmund's sensational start to the season

Borussia Dortmund have been unstoppable this season. Not only are they the only Bundesliga side yet to taste defeat 13 games into the season - it’s the first time ever BVB have managed the feat.

Lucien Favre’s charges already have 33 points to their name, which is their second best tally at this stage of a top-flight season. Only in the 2010/11 campaign were the Yellow Blacks better off - by a point - and that season culminated in them lifting the Meisterschale.

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    By way of comparison, the 2010/11 title-winners managed 'only' 31 goals in their opening 13 matches.Favre’s side aren’t firing on all cylinders per se. This season, six teams have had more shots on goal than Dortmund (167), but none have been as efficient with BVB needing fewer than five shots per goal on average.

Super-subs strike back

    Marco Reus trails Alcacer by just a goal in 2018/19 after also scoring against Freiburg, but he has the upper hand on his teammate as he also has five assists to his name. Only Frankfurt's Sebastien Haller (16) has had a hand in more goals than the Dortmund captain (14) this season.After 13 games in the 2010/11 campaign, Dortmund’s top scorer was Lucas Barrios. The Paraguayan 'only' had seven strikes to his name though, Shinji Kagawa had six while summer signing Robert Lewandowski had four.

    More than a third of Dortmund’s 37 goals this season have been scored by substitutes (13).

Paco’s pulverising records

    The Bundesliga record for the most super-sub goals in a single season stands at 17, which was recorded by both Werder Bremen (2006/07) and Bayern Munich (2013/14). If Favre’s substitutes keep scoring at this rate, the record will be broken before Christmas.At the other end of the pitch, Dortmund are one of just two sides - along with RB Leipzig - yet to concede a goal scored by a substitute this season.Crunch time belongs to Borussia who not only lead the league in goals scored in the final 15 minutes (13), but have also conceded the least in that period of play (two - level with Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach).

    With nine of his 10 goals coming off the bench, it’s no surprise Alcacer is the Bundesliga's highest-scoring super-sub this season. The Spaniard is odds-on to claim the league best for himself as he has already equalled the Bundesliga’s single-season record held by Nils Petersen (2016/17) and Viorel Ganea (2002/03).

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Young and wild?

    Alcacer has needed just 281 minutes to rack up his ten-goal tally. The BVB striker had pulverised the record for the quickest man to nine league strikes in Germany, set by Charly Dörfel, who needed a relatively pedestrian 565 minutes for his first nine Bundesliga goals for Hamburg in 1963/64.  With nine strikes, Alcacer has already become Dortmund’s record-scoring super-sub. Previous joint-holders Marco Amoroso and Ewerthon needed 19 and 20 appearances off the bench to reach eight goals respectively.

    Much is being made of Dortmund’s dynamic attacking performances. The discipline being demonstrated by Favre’s young outfit is just as impressive though, as proven by the side completing 87 per cent of their passes - only Bayern boast better numbers in that department.

    Dortmund are amongst the fairest teams in the Bundesliga, having committed just 97 fouls. Only Bayern have committed fewer (96).

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