BVB Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel was glad to get back to winning ways on Sunday as his side hammered VfB Stuttgart 4-1.
Prior to their Bundesliga clash with Stuttgart, Dortmund were on a two-game losing streak after they were beaten 3-1 by Hamburger SV on November 20 before suffering a shocking 1-0 loss to Krasnodar in the Europa League last Thursday.
Midfielder Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring for Dortmund on Sunday before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 in the 19th minute.
Stuttgart midfielder Daniel Didavi reduced the deficit just five minute before half-time, but his goal went in vain as Georg Niedermeier’s own goal made it 3-1 to Dortmund before Aubameyang added the finishing touches in stoppage time.
"Overall, I am very happy with this important win," Tuchel told reporters. "We were aware of Stuttgart's attacking strength and had a clear plan how to defend against them with intensity.
"The opening goal gave us some extra certainty. Spaces were too big before that. We worked hard to get into the game. We defended very well in the second half and did not allow them any chances."
Dortmund captain Mats Hummels was benched for the match against Stuttgart, but Tuchel insisted that the 26-year-old was being rested rather than disciplined following speculation that he is unhappy at the club.
"We had already planned to rest Hummels, although I almost had second thoughts after all that's been written about him," Tuchel said. "It was a great feeling to send someone on with the quality of Hummels."