Tuchel: Ball is now in our court

BVB Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel has Bayern München in his sights after his side closed the gap on the Bundesliga leaders with their 2-0 win at Darmstadt on Wednesday.

Goals either side of the half-time break from Adrian Ramos (38') and Erik Durm (53') gave BVB a routine victory at the Bollenfalltor, much to the delight of Tuchel after he made eight changes to his starting line-up.

Bayern, meanwhile, suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at home to Mainz 05 on the same night, which halted an eight-match unbeaten run in the league and opened the door for Dortmund in the title race after they edged closer to the Bavarian giants with their fourth win on the trot.

Tuchel's team head into Der Klassiker on Saturday just five points adrift of their arch-rivals and the 42-year-old has rallied his troops to take the fight to the defending champions.

"The gap at the top has been reduced, but this result does not give Saturday's match a different meaning," he said on the club's official website.

"We would have awaited the match with the same anticipation. Now we go into it in an even better position.

"We feel that we have really worked our socks off to get into this position, by consistently picking up points for weeks now. The ball is now in our court to take the next step.

"I hope that we approach this task with the same energy and anticipation that we have recently shown. We will, of course, give it our all to close the gap even further."