Mario Götze says the 6-1 thrashing of VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach will stand Borussia Dortmund in good stead ahead of facing Real Madrid on Tuesday.
Götze set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for his second goal en route to a hat-trick against Mönchengladbach at the weekend, where Maximilian Philipp bagged a brace, and Julian Weigl was also on target.
The Bundesliga leaders had kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur – their first loss of the current campaign, but are in fine form in the league.
Reflecting on the one-sided win, Götze told the official Bundesliga website: "We generally played a very good game. If you look at the first half, then we can be very satisfied, apart from some chances for Gladbach. We had a lot of possession, our distribution was good and we scored a lot of goals."
On being on top of the standings, following five wins and one draw, Götze added: "Of course that's nice for us, but it doesn't have any real meaning at this time. We just want to win our games, and we've done that. But there's still a long way to go. It’s very nice right now, but we know it's still a long way to the finish line.
And ahead of their clash with Real, he explained that the 6-1 win was a massive boost.
He said: "Definitely! I couldn't have imagined the evening we just had! We were very, very determined against a really strong team. Apart from the odd chance that we allowed it was really very good.
"We know it'll be a mammoth task against Real. But we’re playing at home and have always played quite well against Madrid. We're going to prepare well because we know how important this game is. It's definitely an interesting clash, that's for sure."