Tuchel: ‘No special tension’ for Champions League return

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is looking forward to leading his club back into the Champions League after a year's absence, while also making his own debut in the competition.

The last time Dortmund played in Europe's premier competition, they had Jurgen Klopp at the helm.

Having seen several of the club's top stars depart in the summer, Tuchel will now lead his team into battle for their opening Champions League group game – away at Legia Warsaw on Wednesday night.

The Black and Yellows, who must also face Real Madrid and Sporting in Group F, go into Wednesday's match on the back of a 1-0 away defeat to RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga.

Despite managing in the illustrious competition for the first time in his career, Tuchel says he won't be feeling too many nerves.

"There is no special tension," said the former Mainz 05 boss. "But there is anticipation. It feels a little bit how it used to be before your birthday or Christmas."

With Warsaw battling domestically and third from bottom in the Polish league, this is a game that Dortmund badly want to win as they try to establish themselves in the group's top two sides.

"There are only six group matches, hence you can allow yourself only a few slip ups," club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. "It would be cool if we could take some points home from the game."