Tuchel reserving judgement till winter break

BVB Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel says he is happy with how things are going but will wait until after their match this weekend to fully assess their progress.

After a difficult campaign last season, Dortmund have looked strong this term and are second in the Bundesliga, trailing Bayern München by five points with one game until the German league shuts down for a month.

BVB have lost just twice, to Hamburger SV and Bayern, and claimed 12 wins in their 16 Bundesliga matches so far, but Tuchel is adamant it would be premature to judge the first half of their season while they still have one game to play.

"There is definitely a good feeling about our season so far. We are putting in good performances on a regular basis. The team has been showing character. We are focused and are on the right track," Tuchel told Ruhr Nachrichten.

"But there is still one game to go. I will review the first half of the season after that game. It does not feel right to review things when there is still a game to play. That is like sitting back and relaxing after 70 minutes of play because you think things cannot go wrong any more.

"Although a defeat in Cologne would not have a huge impact on how I feel about our performances so far. We are not taking things for granted. We want to build on our fine performances so far against Koln," he concluded.

Dortmund travel to the RheinEnergie Stadion on Saturday to take on 1. FC Köln in their final match of the first half of the season.