Tuchel: ‘We deserved the victory’

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel admitted his side were unlucky not to triumph over Hertha Berlin on Friday and secure three points.

Dortmund were held to a 1-1 draw, but had to come from a goal behind to claim one point at Signal Iduna Park.

Hertha took the lead through Valentin Stocker in the 51st minute before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a penalty in the 77th minute that would have brought Dortmund level.

He redeemed himself by scoring three minutes later, but the missed penalty proved to be costly as Dortmund would have been looking to bounce back from their 2-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month.

For Tuchel, he felt as if Hertha’s goal provided the spark his side had been lacking up till that point in the game.

“I found that their goal helped us,” he said. “We could then have more freedom to play.

“We increased the pace and found better spaces. The draw was well deserved, even if it has come late.

“[But] at the moment it feels like we deserved the victory. We have played with intensity, emotion and thrown everything [at them].”

Despite failing to win, Dortmund set a club record as they have not lost at home in their last 25 matches.