Tuchel praises ‘formidable’ Dortmund

BVB Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel was "generally happy" with his team's performance in the 7-2 victory over Odds BK on Thursday. 

The German side are through to the Europa League group stages after thrashing their Norwegian opponents at Signal Iduna Park, adding to their first-leg win to make the aggregate score 11-5.

"We started off well, before conceding the obligatory goal," Tuchel told ARD. "There was a good rhythm to our game. The boys are looking alert and fresh, showing a strong desire to win.

"The team must've had it in the back of their minds that they had to play again on Sunday. Up until the 70th minute we were formidable. We were dominant and determined."

The match saw Marco Reus grab a hat-trick amongst goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Shinji Kagawa and Ilkay Gundogan. But the Germany international, like his manager, was disappointed to have also conceded twice.

"We were the better team," Reus said. "It was a shame that we conceded such a careless goal at the start, but it was just a question of time before we scored a goal.

"We're now well-prepared for our Bundesliga game against Hertha [Berlin] on Sunday. We've found good ways of working together – we haven't reached our full potential yet – but we're on our way there."