Tuchel happy with Der Klassiker point

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was pleased with the intensity he saw from his side in their hard-fought 0-0 draw with Bayern München on Saturday.

Dortmund dominated the first half at Signal Iduna Park but were unable to break the deadlock before Bayern recovered after the break and the hosts put in an impressive defensive shift to keep the Bundesliga leaders at bay.

A win would have brought Dortmund to just two points behind the Bavarians with nine league games of the season remaining, but Tuchel insists they should be happy with taking a point.

"I want us to pick up as many points as we possibly can. Next we face Tottenham, then Mainz," he said after the match. "Even if we had beaten Munich today, we would still be behind them in the table, albeit by only two points, and we still have an inferior goal difference.

"We must stay hungry and impassioned. We shouldn't be disappointed with today's 0-0. We played a very, very good first half, and an especially outstanding 30 minutes at the start. I enjoyed instructing the team from the side.

"A goal to take the lead would have helped us a lot, of course. I am very satisfied with the team's performance today.

"It is very difficult to endure a period of sustained pressure from Bayern. It was important to remain disciplined in defence today.

"The Bavarians play at an extremely high level. You have to defend very well accordingly. We never lost our shape, though, and were never passive in pursuit of the ball.

"We could have controlled the ball better in the first half. We were a bit too rushed, too imprecise. However, we remained competitive and never lost faith," he concluded.