Dortmund - The performance of was one of precious few plus points for Borussia Dortmund following Saturday's 2-1 loss to Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München.

The Gabonese flier laid on the opener for Marco Reus whilst averaging a team-high four shots on Manuel Neuer's goal, and now has those ever-hungry eyes firmly trained on Galatasaray SK in the UEFA Champions League.

European comforts

"Our target is to wrap up qualification for the last 16 as quickly as possible," the 25-year-old told in an exclusive interview. "It would be a phenomenal achievement to get it done after four games. It'd definitely give us a great lift ahead of our next few games in the Bundesliga."

As Aubameyang touched on in the wake of his side's fifth successive league defeat, BVB's form in Europe is a world away from their struggles closer to home. Die Schwarz-Gelben boast a 100-per-cent winning record in this season's competition and will qualify for the knockout rounds with two games to spare if they beat the Turkish giants on Tuesday night.

In his pomp

"We're happy to be playing in the Champions League again," he continued. "We don't want to be thinking about our form in the Bundesliga. We dominated Galatasaray in the game in Istanbul, but that doesn't mean we'll win like that again. We'll need to be really focussed and get right into our rhythm."

A final 4-0 scoreline doesn't even begin to tell the tale of the reverse fixture in the Turkish capital two weeks ago. Galatasaray were blown away at the Türk Telekom Arena, where Aubameyang was again among the goals in exactly the sort of fearless display Europe has come to expect of Jürgen Klopp's side in recent seasons.

First things first

BVB have now matched their feat of 1996/97 when the club last won their opening three group games, and while it's hard to ignore the fact that the Ruhr district outfit went on to lift their one and only European Cup at the end of that self-same campaign, Aubameyang is refusing to get too carried away.

"We have to show Galatasaray respect," he warned. "After the humiliation of losing at home, they're bound to show a reaction. There's absolutely no way we'll be underestimating them. There's a long way to go yet."

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was talking to Alexis Menuge