The Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has said that his team could have beaten their Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig by more than a single goal over the weekend if they had been more ruthless in their play.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the lone goal in the 1- 0 victory at the Signal Iduna Park but if the hosts had capitalised on all their chances they could conceivably have won the game by as much as 4 – 0.
Speaking to reporters after the game Tuchel said, “We performed brilliantly for 90 minutes. We won 1-0 but it should have been 4-0.”
He went on to say that his team put on a great display that was full of energy and that they defended at a “really high level”. He also said that the team’s switch play was “outstanding”.
He conceded that the team did not manage to put the game beyond Leipzig’s reach but he pointed out that during the second half Dortmund prevented Leipzig from having a single shot on goal. As a result it called it a “highly deserved win” that left the team feeling “fantastic”.
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Perhaps the biggest mistakes came from Germany international Marco Reus who was wasteful in front of goal but Tuchel has backed him to make amends when the team face Hertha Berlin in the DFB-Pokal this Wednesday.
Tuchel said that Reus needs to “rest and recuperate” but that he believes that Reus will score goals in the forthcoming game.
Dortmund is locked in a battle with a number of other teams for third place in the Bundesliga and automatic qualification to the Champions League. The team is currently third in the league but tied for points with HJoffenheim and Hertha is just one point away. As a result the win over Leipzig will have come as a huge relief.