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Record-breaking Dortmund head to Madrid to start 'awesome' week

AFP  |  Berlin 

says record-breaking are relishing their chance to claim a place in the knockout phase at Atletico and tighten their grip on top spot in the in their showdown with Munich next weekend.

"It's going to be an awesome week - we're in good form and looking forward to it," said Denmark Delaney, who set up club for their winning goal in Saturday's hard-earned 1-0 win at Wolfsburg.

It was Dortmund's 15th straight match without defeat in all competitions under Lucien Favre, bettering the previous record of Thomas Tuchel, who led to 14 games without defeat three years ago.

"I didn't know about that," admitted Favre when asked about the new club record, ahead of a week in which he faces his biggest challenges since he took charge in July.

The Germans travel to for Tuesday's rematch having thrashed Diego Simeone's side 4-0 in a fortnight ago.

Another win over the Spaniards will guarantee Dortmund a place in the last 16 of the

Then comes Saturday's crunch visit defending champions Bayern, who trail leaders Dortmund by four points and again flattered to deceive in their 1-1 draw at home to Freiburg on Saturday.

A win at the weekend would put clear daylight between Dortmund and Bayern, who are chasing a seventh straight title.

"Bayern's result (on Saturday) will certainly help put them under even more pressure," said retired former Dortmund Sebastian Kehl, looking past Atletico and towards next weekend.

However, Dortmund's focus is firmly on

"They (Atletico) will go into the game with a lot of fighting spirit and try to avenge the 4-0 result," added Kehl.

Favre admitted that Dortmund "found it very difficult to find holes" in Wolfsburg's defence and that "there was danger until the end".

The gritty win at Wolfsburg also comes after they needed a Reus penalty -- in the last second of extra-time -- to snatch a 3-2 win over second division Union in the German Cup last Wednesday.

Nevertheless, Dortmund will fly to with high on confidence as they chase a win to put them in the knock-out stages of

English teenager has scored five goals and made eight assists this season, impressing with his displays from the left wing.

Reus is injury-free and in great form, having been involved in 16 goals in 15 games this season, scoring nine and setting up seven more.

"I have always said that when I am healthy, I can help the team," said the fleet-footed Reus, who was sidelined between May last year and January with torn knee ligaments.

On top of that, striker is back from a having scored an incredible eight goals in just six games since joining on loan from

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 22:10 IST
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