Tuchel hails Dortmund team effort

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Borussia Dortmund are unlikely to catch FC Bayern M√ľnchen, but coach Thomas Tuchel found comfort in his team’s excellent performance against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday.

On a day that could have seen the Bundesliga title race either end or thrown wide open, Thomas Tuchel’s Dortmund showed immense composure in winning a potentially tricky fixture away from home against relegation-candidates Stuttgart.

Dortmund’s destiny is sadly not in their own hands. With seven points separating them from league leaders Bayern, Tuchel’s side needed fourth-placed Hertha Berlin to pull off an unlikely victory over the German champions.

This was not to be, however, as Bayern comfortably swept Berlin aside, scoring two and keeping a clean sheet.

“We were aware how much Stuttgart offer offensively,” Tuchel told the official Bundesliga website after the match. “We wanted to control the ball and the counter and we have succeeded. We had made some careless mistakes in the first half but defended very consistently.

“We have scored good goals – a big compliment to the team. It was an absolutely top team performance. This makes us very happy.”

Despite the relatively large gap between Dortmund and Bayern, Tuchel’s side were the only club to threaten the current title holders, with the difference between the first and third-placed teams being a mammoth 27 points.

Despite the outcome of the title race looking like a foregone conclusion, Tuchel does have the opportunity to steal a trophy from Pep Guardiola when the two teams face off in the DFB-Pokal final later next month.