Borussia Dortmund turn in superb team display, thrash Legia Warsaw 6-0
Borussia Dortmund eased past Legia Warsaw on the road by a 6-0 score. After a one-year absence, the Black and Yellows reintroduced themselves by setting a record by going up 3-0 after 17 minutes.
Thomas Tuchel's side could bust their slump against shambolic Polish champions after an uninspired 1-0 loss to Leipzig on the weekend. The introduction of Raphael Guerreiro in midfield proved to be the most positive take-away among the equally promising Champions League debuts of 17-year-old Christian Pulisic and 19-year-old Ousmane Dembele. Dortmund can take a lot of confidence back to the domestic league.
You're only as good as the opponent lets you, which is why Dortmund's performance has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Legia Warsaw were toothless, leaving the Black and Yellows untroubled over 90 minutes with oceans of space.
Manager rating out of 10
10 -- Tuchel identified Dortmund's lack of creativity and cohesiveness in build-up play against Leipzig and fixed it by pairing Raphael Guerreiro next to Weigl in midfield, dropping Sebastian Rode. It was a gutsy decision for a Champions League debut, which paid off big-time.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Roman Bürki, 6 -- Cleared the ball in spectacular Superman fashion in the first half. That was about all he had to do against Legia as the hosts could only manage two harmless shots on target.
DF Lukasz Piszczek, 6 -- The right-back had a calm night in his home country, hardly being called into action.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 8 -- The centre-back headed home Dortmund's second goal after 15 minutes. Defensively sound as per usual.
DF Marc Bartra, 6 -- The Spaniard put his name on the scoreboard in the 17th minute to make it 3-0. He had a few errors in his positioning, but Warsaw couldn't take advantage of it.
DF Marcel Schmelzer, 6 -- Like Piszczek, Schmelzer had a quiet night. He rolled his ankle when Bartra awkwardly fell on him in the second half but could play on.
MF Julian Weigl, 8 -- With hardly any pressure from the opposition, Weigl turned in another masterclass performance. He was subbed off for Matthias Ginter after 79 minutes.
MF Raphael Guerreiro, 9 -- The Euro 2016 winner bamboozled in his Champions League debut. The Portuguese international started in central midfield, slightly on the left. He confirmed that his technique and passing are up to the required standard for that most vital of positions. He could well become an integral part in Dortmund's midfield, providing the missing link between defence and attack. Two of his set-piece deliveries led to goals and he put himself on the scoresheet as well to make it 4-0 after 50 minutes. This could become a theme.
MF Ousmane Dembele, 7 -- Picked up an assist and made many Legia defenders look silly with his silky dribbles. A great day for the 19-year-old.
MF Mario Gotze, 8 -- The player who is under most scrutiny in the German media cut himself some slack by heading in Dortmund's opener. He continued where he left off in Leipzig with another lively 75 minutes.
MF Christian Pulisic, 7 -- Four days before his 18th Birthday, Christian Pulisic made his Champions League debut, making him the youngest CL debutant for BVB. It was also his first appearance this season. He teed up Gonzalo Castro after 51 minutes to crown a dynamic performance. He may have been the youngest but his drive and ambition for goal makes him look very mature beyond his years.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 6 -- The Gabonese striker looked rather relieved when he added himself to the list of scorers three minutes before full-time. Tuchel will hope that his striker uses the goal to pick up his form after squandering promising chances before finally hitting the mark.
MF Gonzalo Castro, N/R -- Brought on for Gotze with 15 minutes left, Castro tucked away Pulisic's assist and created one for Aubameyang.
MF Emre Mor, N/R -- Replaced Dembele, as he entered the field alongside Castro. Facilitated Dortmund's fifth goal with a pre-assist for Pulisic.
Matthias Ginter, N/R -- Came for Weigl with 11 minutes to go.
Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.