Tuchel: Goalless draw is reasonable

BVB Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel felt that a share of the spoils with Hertha Berlin was a fair reflection of the goalless draw between the two sides.

The Dortmund boss admitted that his side struggled to get to grips with their opponents in the first half, but was encouraged by the way the adapted and improved after the half-time break.

“It took quite a while for us to adapt to the match and the conditions. Tuchel told his club’s official website. “It shouldn’t be an excuse but the pitch was in a pretty lousy condition, which makes matches like this tricky.

“It isn’t much fun either. It took us a while to ward off the relentlessness and the aggressiveness of Hertha. They defended compactly and with great gusto.

“The last ten minutes of the first half were better for us. We dominated then in the second half. We felt better and more open to playing our game, and adapted to the conditions.

“We had a couple of good chances, but the bottom line is we couldn’t find our form on the day, not only as a team but also individually, to turn the game in our favour. The 0-0 draw is reasonable.”

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been in devastating form in front of goal this term, but he failed to make his presence felt on Saturday.

He lasted 72 minutes before being replaced by Colombian Adrian Ramos.

Explaining his decision to withdraw Aubameyang, Tuchel added: “I don’t like to substitute him, but I didn’t feel that it was going his way.

“Otherwise, you can wait until he turns it around. But we weren’t able to put him in this position. Link-up play with him was missing.”