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  • August 10, 2013
  • • 9:30 AM
  • • SGL arena, Augsburg
  • Referee: K. Kircher
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Bundesliga Preview: Augsburg - Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga Preview: Augsburg - Borussia Dortmund

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The Champions League runner-up will be hoping to build on its DFL Supercup win over Bayern Munich in the opening match of the league campaign.

Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin believes his side is well prepared for its Bundesliga opener against Augsburg on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp's men enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win at Wilhelmshaven in the first round of the DFB Pokal on Saturday thanks to goals from Kevin Grosskreutz, Marvin Ducksch and Robert Lewandowski. Sahin played the full 90 minutes but, despite the win, he admits there is still work for the team to do.

"We moved the ball around pretty well," Sahin told the official Bundesliga website. "We could have maybe injected a bit more pace into the match, but then Wilhelmshaven were playing very deep. That doesn't make it any easier for us deeper-lying midfielders to pick out the gaps."

Sahin, on loan from Real Madrid, believes his teammates can kick off their campaign in positive fashion at the SGL Arena as they look to challenge champion Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title in what should be a heated race.

"We've got a few days to go till it kicks off, but from here on we're settling into the normal Bundesliga rhythm," Sahin continued. "The win at Wilhelmshaven was a successful start, which is all that matters."

Augsburg, which also won its DFB Pokal first-round tie, is more likely to be involved in a scrap at the bottom end of the table rather than the top, having avoided the relegation playoff by just two points last season.

Despite the signing of Halil Altintop from Trabzonspor in the offseason, sporting director Stefan Reuter believes the club's only priority is to stay in the league.

"All we're thinking about is avoiding relegation," Reuter confessed recently.

Dortmund did the double over Markus Weinzierl's side last season, winning 3-1 away and 4-2 at home.

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