Tuchel praises second-half display

BVB Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel was pleased with his side's performance in the second-half as the beat FC Augsburg 2-0 in the DFB-Pokal on Wednesday.

Augsburg did a fantastic job of shutting Dortmund down in the first period, but BVB stepped it up a gear in the second 45 minutes as goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan were enough to secure their passage into the next round.

"At the beginning, it was a dogged and static affair. We struggled to bring our tempo into the game and to find the spaces up front. That was also down to FCA's defensive performance," Tuchel told Dortmund's website.

"In the second half, we had the midfielders in a deeper position. In behind their defence, spaces opened up which we ran into more aggressively. That enabled us to speed up the flow of play. We then managed to create chances for ourselves and used the third one that came our way.

"In the second half, we were dominant and had good structure. The fact that the win feels so clear and deserved is down to a top performance from us. And that despite the fact we have played so many games."

With one game to play before the Bundesliga goes on its annual winter break, Tuchel is content with how the season has transpired so far.

"It feels good because we are playing a significant role in all three competitions. The team is showing spirit and character, is very focused and delivers performances consistently," he said.

"However, I don't want to draw premature conclusions as we still have one more game. If I think it makes sense to assess it so far, I'll do so after the match in Cologne. Now we are enjoying this victory, it is a valuable one for us."