Wins over Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have given Borussia Dortmund a "real boost" ahead of their DFB-Pokal semi-final against Wolfsburg.
Dortmund are riding the crest of a wave following a 2-0 victory over Real in the UEFA Champions League last Tuesday, and even though they still lost that tie 3-2 on aggregate, they carried their form into a tough trip to already-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
They cruised to a 3-0 success at the Allianz Arena in Saturday's Der Klassiker, with the bold line-up employed by coach Jurgen Klopp reaping rewards.
Klopp – who left Bayern-bound Robert Lewandowski on the bench – opted for an attacking quartet of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Marco Reus, Jonas Hofmann, all of whom scored, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
And the pace and movement of Dortmund's front four ruthlessly exposed Bayern's high defensive line, condemning the Bavarian giants to their first home league loss since October 2012.
Dortmund could potentially meet Bayern in the Pokal final, with Bayern contesting the other semi-final against second-tier Kaiserslautern on Wednesday.
First, though, Dortmund must progress from Tuesday's showdown against Wolfsburg – the second time the two sides have played each other in less than a fortnight.
Dortmund produced a 2-1 win in the Bundesliga meeting earlier this month, with Lewandowski and Reus scoring second-half goals in a come-from-behind triumph.
And Reus believes the impressive wins over Real and Bayern have given the side the confidence needed to book their place in the final, telling the club's official website: "The two wins this week has given us a real boost for the cup semi-final."
They were thoughts midfielder Nuri Sahin – who will permanently join Dortmund at the end of the season – echoed.
"This was a good way to prepare for Tuesday," Sahin said after the Bayern win.
"We have a great chance to win a trophy and we want to be in the final, so we have to show the same determination against Wolfsburg as we did here."
Lewandowski and full-back Lukasz Piszczek, who both started on the bench at Bayern, are likely to return to Dortmund's starting line-up.
Wolfsburg are also in impressive form though, with the loss to Dortmund their only defeat in their last six Bundesliga matches.
A comprehensive 4-1 win over Nuremberg on Saturday has boosted their hopes of claiming the fourth UEFA Champions League spot.
Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic scored twice in that win, while Ivica Olic also netted – his fourth goal in his last five matches.
|Coach: J. Klopp|
for H. Mkhitaryan 72'
for R. Lewandowski 85'
for M. Reus 90+3'
|Emery: PSG must learn from defeat|
|Marotta: Best to laugh at Pogba comments|
|Mourinho: I´m bringing back Manchester United DNA|
|De Boer: Nobody in charge at Inter|
|Chapecoense to be named Copa Sudamerica champions - Tozzo|
|Bilic: We are in a relegation fight|
|Aubameyang: I don´t know if I´ll be at Dortmund next season|
|Goals will return for Higuain, says Allegri|
|Southgate hopes to convince Zaha to play for England|
|Simeone will go to Inter, says son Giovanni|
|Watford fan dies after falling ill during West Brom clash|
|Simeone marvels at ´almost perfect´ Espanyol defence|
|Gestifute publishes ´Ronaldo tax compliance´|
|Marquinhos urges PSG to forget defeat|
|Tributes paid at Arena Conda memorial after Chapecoense tragedy|
|Juventus 3 Atalanta 1: Alex Sandro stunner helps Allegri´s side return to winning ways|
|Atletico Madrid 0 Espanyol 0: Simeone´s men fail to capitalise on rivals´ slip-ups|
|Metz-Lyon abandoned after Lopes hurt by firecracker|
|Wenger hails ´classy´ Sanchez after 14-minute hat-trick|
|´A big humiliation´ - Bilic slams West Ham´s lack of dedication|
|´Can always count on Serge´ - Bale reacts to El Clasico|
|Modric: Clasico draw feels like a win|
|Record-breaking Leipzig back on top thanks to Kolasinac own goal|
|West Ham 1 Arsenal 5: Sanchez hat-trick sends Gunners second|
|Fellaini: Mourinho more fun than Van Gaal|
|Hughes delighted with Muniesa and Walters impact|
|Goal-shy Messi failing to fire in Clasico clashes|
|Late Clasico draw has little bearing on title race - Zidane|
|Iniesta defends Arda after clumsy foul costs Barca Clasico win|
|Pardew wants Palace to build on Southampton win|
|Mazzarri slams referee Scott after Watford loss|
|´Barca very far off looking like champions´ - Luis Enrique frustrated by Clasico collapse|
|Conte: Chelsea players did well to remain calm|
|Forget Ronaldo - Ramos proves he is Madrid´s ultimate big-game player with Clasico heroics|
|Barcelona were the better team in El Clasico - Suarez|
|Ranieri accepts Leicester face relegation battle|
|Abuse in British football: Chelsea´s statement of apology in full|
|Conte admits Chelsea got lucky|
|Chelsea issue ´profuse apology´ to Johnson following sex abuse claims|
|Reus and Dembele catch Tuchel´s eye in ´complete´ Dortmund performance|
|Montpellier 3 Paris Saint-Germain 0: Visitors miss chance to go top|
|Tottenham needed a big victory - Pochettino|
|´I don´t know if it´s a fair result´ - Ramos accepts Real Madrid rode their luck|
|Barcelona 1 Real Madrid 1: Ramos snatches Clasico point to keep Zidane´s side in control of title ra|
|West Brom 3 Watford 1: Pulis´ men climb into top six|
|Sunderland 2 Leicester City 1: Moyes´ men make it three wins in four|
|Tottenham 5 Swansea City 0: Kane celebrates new deal with brace|
|Crystal Palace 3 Southampton 0: Benteke double and Saints gifts boost Pardew|
|Stoke City 2 Burnley 0: Hughes´ men continue strong run with straightforward win|
|Setback puts Butland injury return on hold|
|Borussia Dortmund 4 Borussia Monchengladbach 1: Aubameyang at the double as Tuchel´s men run riot|
|We had enough chances to win - Guardiola|
|Costa breathes sigh of relief as De Bruyne and Man City misfire|
|Manchester City 1 Chelsea 3: Blues complete brilliant turnaround in Etihad thriller|
|Sevilla miss chance to pile pressure on Clasico rivals with shock loss|
|´It´s not like we´re playing Real Madrid´ - Spalletti confident Roma can beat Lazio|
|Spanish authorities to take ´appropriate´ steps after Ronaldo tax evasion allegations|
|Inter´s Ranocchia sees room for improvement|
|A League Review: City play out feisty Roar draw after FFA Cup exploits|
|Nainggolan has no regrets over failed Chelsea move|
|Arsenal to make decision on Cazorla future in January|
|Bacca has no case to answer for Sevilla trip - Montella|
|Fabregas returns to Chelsea´s XI|
|Ronaldo is no genius like Messi - Capello|
|Everything is wonderful with Boateng - Rummenigge|
|Wenger to drop Jenkinson to protect him from social media taunts|
|Sakho not part of Liverpool´s first-team plans|
|Hughes offers Hitzfeld Stoke invite after Shaqiri comments|
|Roberto Carlos: Ronaldo is the best in the world, still!|
|Robben hopeful of finalising Bayern future|
|Sarri talks up Balotelli to Napoli|
|Everton need time and changes, says Koeman|
|Ancelotti lauds Muller after Bayern win|
|Sterling: I have more freedom under Guardiola|
|Mourinho: Maybe no Premier League title for United this season|
|Bayern laid down a marker - Rummenigge|
|Conte ´maybe the best in the world´ - Guardiola|
|Pioli laments Inter´s ´step backwards´|
|Ronaldo and Mourinho ´fully compliant´ with tax obligations, insists Gestifute|
|Napoli 3 Inter 0: Pioli dealt emphatic first Serie A defeat|
|Mainz 1 Bayern Munich 3: Lewandowski double inspires champions|
|´I have found my luck at Leipzig´ - Hasenhuttl dismisses Arsenal talk|
|Messi better to watch than Ronaldo, says Saviola|
|´I don´t care about age´ - Klopp committed to promoting youngsters|
|Koeman: Ibrahimovic was fantastic at 19|
|Pulis not letting court decision tarnish Palace memories|
|Carroll to make West Ham return against Arsenal|
|Real Madrid must win LaLiga and end Barca dominance - Roberto Carlos|
|Barcelona v Real Madrid: Zidane´s men eye LaLiga supremacy|
|Costa discipline issues in the past - Conte|
|A-League review: Melbourne Victory held by Perth Glory|
|I deserve criticism if Dortmund´s players do - Tuchel|
|Emery wants Cavani to dethrone Ibrahimovic|
|Martial is happy again, says Mourinho|
|Guardiola wary of Costa and Pedro|
|Messi, Ronaldo and Griezmann to battle it out for FIFA award|
|Conte reveals admiration for Guardiola philosophy|
|Mourinho: Schweinsteiger can stay at Man Utd|
|Conte: It is a pity Chelsea sold De Bruyne|
|Carrasco now competing with Griezmann and Gameiro - Simeone|
|Luis Enrique: Clasico not decisive in title race|
|Barcelona have no weaknesses - Zidane|
|Zidane: Ronaldo´s hunger for success key for Real Madrid|
|Barcelona midfielder Iniesta back for Clasico|
|Higuain does not need Dybala to score - Allegri|
|Summerbee: Chelsea blew it with De Bruyne|
|Ranieri, Zidane and Santos up for FIFA coach award|
|Chelsea paid me £50,000 to prevent child abuse revelations - Johnson|
|Vertonghen signs new Tottenham deal|
|Klopp hopeful on Lallana and Firmino|
|Ozil: Arsenal can win Champions League with a bit of luck|
|Sturridge exit a non-story, says Klopp|
|Debuchy out for up to six weeks|
|Pardew ready to turn around slumping Palace|
|Arsenal will not sign Cazorla replacement - Wenger|
|Courtois not getting carried away over Chelsea form|
|CAS to rule on Blatter case on Monday|
|Ozil refuses to rule out Real Madrid return|
|Sterling: I am keeping away from certain stuff I was doing last year|
|Leverkusen´s Volland out until 2017|
|Aloisi rules out Roar swoop for Keane|
|Pele reflects on ´sad moment´ of Chapecoense tragedy|
|Southgate urges downtime responsibility from England|
|Ranieri: Leicester signings not to blame for poor form|
|Sky is the limit for ´special´ Donnarumma, says Hart|