Borussia Dortmund controlled ‘every phase’ of the game against Darmstadt on Saturday, coach Thomas Tuchel said, as his team ran out 6-0 winners.
Dortmund bounced back from their shock 1-0 defeat to newly promoted RB Leipzig last weekend with an emphatic victory, despite leaving Mario Gotze and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the bench.
Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring, before further strikes from Adrian Ramos, Christian Pulisic, Castro’s second, Sebastian Rode and substitute Emre Mor left their coach extremely happy.
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"That was in all areas a really well-rounded [performance]," Tuchel told the post-match press conference. "We controlled the game in every phase and therefore won deservedly. We gave our fans a great afternoon.
"We had 22 shots on goal, produced many attacks, were aggressive in the last third and in front of the opposition's goal.”
Tuchel praised his team for taking full advantage following the dismissal of Darmstadt captain Peter Niemeyer on 57 minutes.
"Playing against a five-man defence is the most difficult [task], because you need speed and patience and also courage for one-on-ones," Tuchel said.
"And you need players who are used to those situations and can create space. After [the dismissal] there was more space and we gave our fans a nice afternoon."
The win leaves Dortmund three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who came from behind against Ingolstadt to win 3-1.