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Opinion: Forget the title talk, let's just enjoy this Borussia Dortmund team

Given Bayern Munich's dominance, it's only natural to crave a team capable of challenging them. But sometimes, it's best just to appreciate a team for what they are. And Dortmund are about as entertaining as it gets.

Football, so the saying goes, is a results business. But while points on the board and trophies in the cabinet are the ultimate goal, a little fun goes a long way - and creates memories that last.

"It wasn't the best game of the season," said Dortmund coach Lucien Favre after a breathless, chaotic 4-3 win over Augsburg. "It was good for the fans but for us... we have a lot to work on, mostly in defense."

Kommentarbild Matt Pearson

DW's Matt Pearson

While seven-goal rollercoasters aren't coach-pleasers, none of the 81,365 fans packed in to Signal Iduna Park, nor the even vaster numbers watching around the world, will have much cause for complaint. Except perhaps for a few from Augsburg. 

While it's Favre's job to pick apart the defensive inadequacies that saw Dortmund trail twice and throw away an 84th minute lead, most observers have no such obligation.

Instead they can admire Jadon Sancho's fast feet, Axel Witsel's drive, Achraf Hakimi's purposeful bursts and Paco Alcacer's dead-eyed finishing.

There were times at the start of Peter Bosz' reign when BVB started to please the eye and while Thomas Tuchel's sides also had their moments, it's difficult to think of a Dortmund side so committed to attack and aesthetic since Jürgen Klopp's time at the club.

The Dortmund faithful have now seen their team rack up 21 goals in their five home games this term, with 13 different players having hit the net already. Mario Götze rose from the bench to become the latest on Saturday.

Alcacer and Sancho's feats have made the headlines of late, with the pair now sharing 14 goals and assists from 295 combined minutes - or in other words, a goal involvement every 21 minutes. Alcacer has scored six times despite spending less than 90 minutes on the pitch across his three substitute appearances.

Whether it's a product of youth, design or happy accident, Dortmund's players seem to have found a belief that they can out-score their opponents whatever the circumstances or however long is left on the clock. Favre may not love it, but the rest of us should really enjoy it while it lasts.

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