Tuchel praise for Mkhitaryan

Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan has earned the praise of head coach Thomas Tuchel after scoring a hat-trick against Wolfsberger.

The German side took on their Austrian counterparts in a Europa League qualifier at Signal-Iduna-Park on Thursday, when Marco Reus and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave BVB the lead with just over an hour played.

The Armenia international then struck three times to put the game to bed with a resounding 5-0 scoreline, making the aggregate score 6-0 and impressing his new coach.

"Mkhitaryan is an absolute model professional. I'm very glad to have him in this team," Tuchel said. "It's a great pleasure for me to work with him and to watch him and see how he deals with his talent."

All five of the goals came after the break, making the match a true game of two halves with a wasteful and nervous first period followed by an avalanche of goals.

"The second half was a good reaction to the first," Tuchel added. "We played with great tempo, showed good temperament, created many chances and ended with five goals scored.

"I was pleased with the second half, but in the first half we had a lack of positional discipline and could not play our passes. In the second 45 minutes we showed great discipline in the spaces in which we want to combine."

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