Bundesliga Team of the Week: Dortmund dominate after thrashing Bayern

No fewer than five BVB stars make our weekly XI after Jurgen Klopp’s side claimed a brilliant 3-0 win over the Bavarians

All eyes were on the Allianz Arena this weekend as Borussia Dortmund took on Bayern Munich and produced a brilliant performance to beat the Bavarians 3-0 on their own turf. Unsuprisingly, Jurgen Klopp’s men dominate Goal‘s Team of the Week.

The first name of the team sheet is Eintracht Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp. The Hessians may have lost 2-0 to Schalke on Friday, but the German made some great saves to keep his side in contention.

Mainz recorded a brilliant 3-0 win over Werder Bremen and Zdenek Pospech and Nikolce Noveski get the nod in defence alongside Dortmund duo Erik Durm and Mats Hummels, both absolutely key to their side’s victory.

Wolfsburg thrashed Nurnberg 4-1 with Kevin De Bruyne setting up two and Ivan Perisic netting a double, while Lars Stindl helped heap more misery on Hamburg by scoring the opening goal in Hannover’s 2-1 win. Marco Reus and Henrikh Mkhitaryan complete the midfield after scoring at the Allianz Arena.

The final name on the team sheet is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who performed brilliantly up front for BVB in their best Bundesliga showing this season.

Don't bother trying to buy Mandzukic, says Sammer

The Bavarians’ sporting director has underlined the powerful attacker’s importance to the team and has ruled out a summer move

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted that the Bundesliga champions have no intention of selling Mario Mandzukic this summer.

The Croatia international’s future at Bayern is in doubt following the imminent arrival of Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund and clubs including Juventus, Arsenal and Chelsea are rumoured to be keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old.

Nevertheless, Sammer has made it clear that Mandzukic will not be allowed to leave at the end of the season.

“Nobody even has to bother making an approach for Mandzukic,” Sammer told Sky90.

“He is incredibly important to Bayern. I always affectionately say that he plays like an animal.

“It is simply amazing how much work he does for the team and how much running he does during a game.

“They always try to provoke him because he really hurts his opponents with his work-rate.”

Mandzukic has netted 17 goals in 28 Bundesliga appearances this season.

Bayern simply had a bad day at the office, insists Neuer

The Germany international has stressed that the Bavarians are not concerned by this weekend’s loss against BVB

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has downplayed the significance of Saturday’s 3-0 Bundesliga defeat against Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

The former Schalke man admitted that the Bavarians had hoped for a better result, but was quick to stress that the league is no longer a priority for Bayern as they have already wrapped up the domestic title.

We were obviously looking for a different result, but we simply had a bad day at the office,” he told the official Bayern website.

“I think we have different and more important challenges, but we can’t just give up on the Bundesliga. We need to move on quickly and focus on the future.

“We know the challenge that faces us at home to Kaiserslautern and we want to progress to the final in Berlin. It’s important.”

Neuer was replaced at half-time during Saturday’s loss due to a minor injury, but he has stressed that he will be ready for the match against Kaiserslautern.

I’m in no danger of missing out.

Bayern beat Kaiserslautern 4-0 in the second round of the DFB Pokal last season.

Liverpool close on Real Madrid as Europe's highest scorers in 2013-14

The Reds struck on three further occasions at Anfield on Sunday – only Real Madrid have scored more league goals in Europe’s major leagues this season

Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Sunday not only took them closer to a first English championship in 24 years, but also saw them move just one goal behind Real Madrid as Europe’s highest league scorers in 2013-14.

Brendan Rodgers’ men have now hit an impressive 93 goals in 34 Premier League games this season. Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge – both of whom failed to register versus City – are the two top scorers in the division with 49 between them.

Only Real Madrid, with 94 strikes in 33 La Liga matches, have found the back of the net more times in 2013-14 from Europe’s major leagues. Cristiano Ronaldo has supplied 28 of this total.

Barcelona are the third highest scorers with 92 goals from 33 games and had been the most prolific side going into this weekend, prior to their shock 1-0 loss to Granada.

Manchester City are fourth on the continent with 86 strikes in 32 encounters. The Citizens had been Europe’s best scorers during most of the first half of the campaign, but their potency has decreased in 2014.

European champions Bayern Munich are fifth with 82 goals in 30 games. The Bavarians have also slowed down since clinching the Bundesliga in record time and have failed to score in their last two matches.

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are Europe’s sixth highest scorers, having struck 74 times in 32 games. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani have contributed to 40 of these.

La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid have built their success this season on a mean backline, but have still scored 70 league goals.

Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord, helped by Graziano Pelle, also have 70 goals to their name – although it probably won’t be enough to prevent Ajax from winning a fourth successive Dutch title.

The top 10 is completed by Italy’s best two teams this season – Juventus and Roma. The Bianconeri, who are five points clear at the top of Serie A with a game in hand, have scored 69 goals to the capital outfit’s 68.

Mkhitaryan: Bayern win has lifted our heads

The Armenian forward has predicted a surge in confidence after they secured a comprehensive win, believing they have already put their Champions League exit behind them

Henrikh Mkhitaryan believes Borussia Dortmund’s impressive win over Bayern Munich on Saturday has given them an edge in securing second spot.

The Armenian striker opened the scoring at the Allianz Arena on 20 minutes, with Marco Reus and Jonas Hofmann adding to the visitors’ tally as they earned a 3-0 win against the newly-crowned champions.

Die Schwarzgelben have tightened their grip on the Bundesliga runners-up position, extending their lead over Schalke to three points, and Mkhitaryan hailed the positive impact the result could have after losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“We are very, very happy because it was a very difficult match and we have defended second place against Schalke,” the 25-year-old was quoted in Der Western.

“It’s hard to describe how happy I am to have made the 1-0. It was very important that we defended well, scored the first goal and then in the second half could concentrate on the counter attack.

“After the match against Real Madrid, I was annoyed about the missed chances. But that’s football – it just goes on. And now our heads are up again.”

The Armenian’s sentiment was echoed by fellow goalscorer Marco Reus, believing that BVB have done themselves credit after the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League.

“We could only play the way we did today,” the German winger said.

“We have done very well especially in the first half and took our chances very well. For us it was important that we attacked early and took the ball far forward. Then it’s not so far in front of goal, which was, I think, today the key to success. This week has brought us absolutely to the front.”

Dortmund are second in Bundesliga with 61 points from 30 games, three ahead of Schalke.