Borussia Dortmund kick off the month of November by extending their lead at the top of the table to four points with a hard-fought but deserved 1-0 win against Wolfsburg. Chances are few and far between with Marco Reus' 27th-minute strike against the defensively well-organised Wolves separating the sides. The result means head coach Lucien Favre sets a new club record by going unbeaten in his first 15 matches.
The Black & Yellows head into their top-of-the-table clash with Bayern Munich in front of a sell-out crowd of 81,365 spectators brimming with confidence, and a wonderful evening of football ensues as Favre's charges twice battle from behind to claim a 3-2 victory! Lewandowski opens the scoring for Bayern and then re-establishes the lead early in the second half after Reus had restored parity on the stroke of half-time. But another equaliser from the captain − this time an astonishing volley on the 67-minute mark − is followed by an Alcácer winner on the counter-attack. "It was an incredible game. After it went to 2-2, we felt as if we had more air," says the captain afterwards. A jumbo jet taking off would have been drowned out by the noise coming from the stands at Signal Iduna Park at the final whistle.
That game is followed by the third international break of the season, with 13 Borussia Dortmund senior players handed call-ups by their countries. But − much as they did after the September and October international breaks − the Black & Yellows make a flying starting when domestic action resumes midway through the month. First up is a 2-1 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 − thanks to goals from Alcácer and Lukasz Piszczek − which sees BVB go unbeaten in their opening 12 games of a Bundesliga campaign for the first time ever. Lucien Favre describes it as "a deserved hard-fought win".
It is not until their 16th competitive game in all competitions that BVB suffer their first defeat as they are deservedly beaten by 2-0 by Atlético Madrid in the Spanish capital. They subsequently play out a goalless draw with Club Bruges to book their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare. "If someone had said to us at the draw we'd have 10 points after five matches, we would've all taken it," says Michael Zorc.
There is good news on the transfer front as Paco Alcácer's loan move is made permanent. "I'm very happy in Dortmund, at BVB and with this wonderful team. Borussia Dortmund was and is for me exactly the right decision. I'll try everything to repay the trust I've been shown with performances and goals," says the diminutive forward. BVB exercise a purchase option in the loan agreement with FC Barcelona and sign the Spanish forward for a fixed transfer fee. Alcácer now has a contract tying him to the club until June 2023.
There is an atmosphere of real harmony and overwhelming approval for the actions of the club and management as the shareholders gather for the annual general meeting at the end of the month. The actions of the executive board are unanimously approved by the club members, while the management is backed by the an unprecedented majority of shareholders (99.97 percent). Hans-Joachim Watzke warns that as the club strives to improve its economic performance it must not lose sight of the foundations. "We need to develop a good sense of when the limits of commercialisation have been reached and then suddenly take our foot off the gas," explains the BVB chief executive, who explicitly speaks out against ticket price increases beyond the inflation rate and emphasises the socio-political dimension of BVB, which days before during the members' meeting had taken a strong stance against racism, discrimination and intolerance.