Tuchel expects improved Dragons

BVB Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel is expecting FC Porto to be much improved for the second leg of their Europa League last-32 tie.

Die Borussens eased to a 2-0 win in the first leg at the Westfalenstadion on Thursday evening, with Lukasz Piszczek and Marco Reus getting on the scoresheet.

Despite the relatively easy nature of the victory, Tuchel expects the Dragons to offer a much sterner test at Estadio do Dragao for the second leg.

“I’m expecting the best Porto in front of their own fans next week,” Tuchel said after the game.

“We admit very few scoring chances, have changed a few things in our balance. Today it was very important.”

Nuri Sahin made his return to action after a year on the sidelines and Tuchel singled the midfielder out for special praise.

“We wanted to do a preparation match for Nuri Sahin, but Nuri said he didn’t need the friendly match,” he added.

“Nuri was awesome, we could no longer restrain him. He has been burning for weeks to play.”