Tuchel lauds Castro

BVB Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has praised midfielder Gonzalo Castro's performance against Paderborn on Wednesday. 

Castro got his name on the scoresheet in the 30th minute before claiming his second goal 28 minutes later as Dortmund demolished Paderborn 7-1 in their DFB-Pokal clash. 

The 28-year-old has not had the best of times since joining Dortmund from Leverkusen in the summer transfer window, making just three starts in the Bundesliga. However, he found his form on Wednesday, and led the way for Dortmund, much to the delight of Tuchel.

"Castro put in a very good performance. I am very happy for him that he showed his class to all," Tuchel told reporters. "He has given the team a lot of energy and got something in return now. This confirms we were right to be patient with him. Gonzalo has always remained calm."

Prior to Dortmund's barrage of goals, Paderborn stunned the Bundesliga giants by taking the lead through Srdjan Lakic's goal in the 21st minute. 

Lakic was able to score following an error by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Burki who was caught out when he tried to dribble past Lakic.

However, Tuchel refused to criticise the 24-year-old as he believes the mistake was a one-off. 

"He will make a mistake like that only once a year. We don't need any video analysis there," Tuchel said. "But I am very happy with the way the team reacted. We are delighted. We are proud that the fans can go home happy. The goal we conceded only spurred us on."

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