The Germans know what they are doing. Borussia Dortmund have given themselves an extra days rest and preparation for their Champions League tie with Arsenal by scheduling their Bundesliga fixture 24 hours earlier than the Gunners' Premier League game.
It meant Dortmund played on Friday night, and put on a real show, wiping the floor with Stuttgart, who had gone into the game in ninth position.
Dortmund won the game 6-1, grinding down, outpassing, and ruthlessly picking apart the visitors, who had taken a shock 1-0 early lead.
Even at half-time it was just 2-1, with Sokratis and Marco Reus replying for the hosts, before Robert Lewandowksi clicked into gear, sending a clear message to next week's opponents that they should start worrying.
The prolific Polish striker netted the winner against Arsenal at the Emirates 10 days ago, and he is in red hot form ahead of the return game next week.
He scored a second half hat-trick with goals in the 54th, 56th and 72nd minute, 18 minutes between his first and third strike, with substitute Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang adding a late sixth.
It was verging on total football for Dortmund, who have as a result climbed to first in the Bundesliga for 24 hours, two points ahead of Bayern Munich who visit Hoffenheim tomorrow.
Dortmund were magnificent, having 16 shots on goal to Stuttgart's three, with 10 efforts on target. Ominously they missed just four.
Star man Lewandowski had four shots on target, finding the next with three of them; he also added an assist for good measure.
Arsenal may just be coming to visit at exactly the wrong time, and will hope they can pick up some momentum by winning a huge fixture of their own against Liverpool this weekend.
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