Tuchel: It’s more than just a league game

Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel says his side will do everything they can to get the win against Schalke 04 in the Revierderby on Saturday.

Tuchel’s charges will look to extend their incredible unbeaten run at Signal Iduna Park, having last lost at home in the league 24 matches ago in a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich in April during the 2015/16 campaign.

The 43-year-old mentor fondly remembers the atmosphere which descended upon on the pitch during his side’s 3-2 victory against Schalke last season, and is acutely aware of how important it will be to secure a positive result.

“I was standing on the touchline, and noticed that it felt different, something like a semi-final in the cup,” he told the club’s website.

“After I had subsequently had my first cup semi-final, I knew that the derby was like a cup final.

“It is so much more than a normal Bundesliga game. You have got one chance, and then you have to live with the result for a year.

“Nobody wants to make a mistake when your opponent is desperate for victory, and we will certainly do everything we can to get the win tomorrow,” he added.

Tuchel also commented on his team’s recent injury woes which saw Dortmund field their third-ever youngster team in the 1-1 draw against Hertha BSC.

“We are not happy with recent results,” he added.

“I will push the team so that they will forget about the many injuries we currently have to the squad, and to give them that certain extra something that is required to secure wins.

“It is our challenge to take that on and find solutions in order to keep Schalke occupied in defensive areas, and to force our game on them.

“For it is not just about the three points, but also that incredible feeling when you are standing there next to the pitch and you win this game,” he concluded.