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Lucien Favre calls for improvement after Dortmund’s 5-1 victory

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Lucien Favre teased that there is still more to come from Borussia Dortmund following their 5-1 thrashing of Augsburg in Saturday’s Bundesliga opener.

After missing out on league glory by two points last season, Dortmund got off to a resounding start for the new campaign by recording their biggest opening-day win at Signal Iduna Park.

Despite Florian Niederlechner’s first-minute opener for Augsburg, Paco Alcacer took just two minutes to equalise.

Three goals in the space of eight second-half minutes from Jadon Sacho, Alcacer and Marco Reus gave Dortmund the lead. Julian Brandt, who joined BVB from Bayer Leverkusen for €25m this summer, then scored a fifth goal in the 82th-minute.

“We upped the tempo in the second period, which was very good,” head coach Favre told Sky.

“The result was then clear and deserved. But we also still have a few things to work on.

“We want to get better every day. What’s important for me is that the players make progress – both individually and collectively too.”

Captain Reus added: “There was a lot of excitement to be playing our first game at home. The stadium was sold out and the fans were immense once again; especially after we went 1-0 down, they were extremely loud.

“We never doubted we could win this match. It obviously wasn’t all perfect, we would’ve liked to have gone 2-1 up before the interval. At the break, we said we needed to play with more purpose. That’s how we then created our chances.

“The fact we were playing towards the South Stand in the second half gave us the push we needed, as it always does.

“You get the feeling you can apply even more pressure, that you’re more on your game. We’re happy we scored four goals in front of the South Stand.”

Dortmund will now prepare for Friday’s visit to FC Koln for their second Bundesliga game of the season.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – AUGUST 17: The scoreboard is seen during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and FC Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park on August 17, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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