Tuchel hails Dortmund’s fighting spirit

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel heaped praise on his side after they were involved in a gritty 2-2 draw with Hoffenheim on Friday.

Mark Uth opened the scoring for Hoffenheim in the third minute before Dortmund brought themselves level eight minutes later through Mario Goetze.

In the 20th minute, Dortmund found themselves trailing once again due to Sandro Wagner’s goal. To make things worse, Marco Reus was sent off just four minutes before half-time, leaving Dortmund with just 10 men on the pitch.

It wasn’t until the 48th minute that Dortmund levelled things courtesy of Pierre-Emerick Abameyang, who scored his 100th goal for the club.

Tuchel admitted that he was highly impressed with his side’s performance as they overcame a number of obstacles to fight back from being a goal down on two occasions.

“We were aware that it would be a very difficult away game,” he said. “And everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us. I am obviously talking about what happened before the 2-1 and about Reus’ dismissal.

“And then Dembele’s substitution was another disadvantage. He has suffered some strong bruises after taking two blows to his knee. That made things even more complicated than they already were. But we reacted to everything that happened in an extraordinary way. In my opinion, we deserved a draw after such an unfortunate game.

Even though Dortmund only claimed a point, Tuchel was glad they didn’t give up and hand over three points to Hoffenheim.

“We took more shots than Hoffenheim. We were determined at half-time that we would not leave without at least one point,” Tuchel added “We wanted to give everything to fight for at least a draw and I think that was clear for everyone to see. The team deserves a major compliment for that.”