Thomas Tuchel was not surprised by the mixed reaction to the returning Mario Gotze after making his second home debut for Borussia Dortmund.
Gotze rejoined Dortmund in the summer, three years after making a controversial £32 million move to join fierce Bundesliga rivals FC Bayern München.
The German international made his first appearance at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park since returning to the club, on Friday, and had a hand in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener in the 3-1 win over Freiburg.
But although Gotze was largely applauded when he left the field with 20 minutes to go, there was a section of the home crowd who jeered his departure.
Manager Tuchel expected that kind of reaction though, as Gotze looks to build bridges after his return from Bayern.
“I think this is a normal process,” said Tuchel. “The whistles were not so out of the blue.
“The absolute majority has expressed its solidarity and these actions show that the majority is behind Mario and he enjoys their full support.
“But I cannot imagine that this is an ongoing issue, the overwhelming majority of those applauding is significant.”