Tuchel ‘very happy’ with second-half showing

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel declared himself "very happy" with his side's second-half performance in Saturday evening's goalless draw with Schalke 04.

In what was one of the most anticipated fixtures of Matchday 9, BVB produced a lacklustre first-half showing as they failed to lodge a single shot on target.

While there was a marked improvement after the half-time break, Tuchel's men were ultimately forced to settle for a share of the spoils in a closely contested Revierderby.

Reflecting on his side's performance and the result, Tuchel told reporters: "We had big problems in the first half and made too many unforced errors and mistakes in our build-up play.

"We made things awkward for ourselves with poor passing and bad positioning up front and we didn't get a single shot in on goal.

"We were much better in the second half and filled the positions better and that is how we were able to raise the tempo, while we were almost flawless at the back.

"It was a huge effort from us overall and we created two big chances – I'm very happy with our second-half performance."

Goalkeeper Roman Burki, meanwhile, has dismissed suggestions that Dortmund are in a state of crisis after collecting just three points from their last four Bundesliga fixtures.

The 25-year-old pointed to Dortmund's lengthy injury list as a factor in their recent run of disappointing results, saying: "We're not in a crisis.

"We have a young team and many players out injured. We try to win every game because we always want to win so we will get out of this.

"We've kept a clean sheet and that's a positive that we've got to take with us, while we will analyse the rest.

"I hope some of our injured players will return soon and then we can pick from a full complement of players again.

Think you are a better manager than Carlo Ancelotti or Thomas Tuchel? Now is your chance to prove it! Sign up for the FOX Sports FC Bundesliga Manager and show your tactical nous to stand a chance of winning great prizes, including a trip to Germany to watch the Bundesliga live!

Comments