Borussia Dortmund failed to cap off a good week at SV Darmstadt on Saturday, losing 2-1 to the last-placed team in the Bundesliga that was coming off a run of one point in 11 matches. Here’s how head coach Thomas Tuchel and deputy captain Marco Reus explained the defeat after the match.
Thomas Tuchel: “It was a deserved win for Darmstadt. It’s only fair we lose a game in which we are so far below our best. It felt like we never arrived in the match. We deserved to go behind, the result was the only positive at the half. It seems we don’t handle a setting like this well without everyone watching us on the big stage. We will try to cope with this defeat. I’ve been pleading for months we perhaps have to accept that this is who we are this season.”
Tuchel about the lineup: “Ousmane Dembele arrived directly from his father’s funeral. I ban everyone from even remotely making this defeat about Emre Mor and Dzenis Burnic. This was about the little things today. And one could say that we failed miserably in that regard. It would be careless not to process this loss.”
Marco Reus: “We simply didn’t play well. The defensive behaviour of all players was basically catastrophic, Darmstadt had a boatload of chances. They play with long balls and perhaps it’s normal that they have a few chances. But we have nothing to complain about, especially in the second half. We didn’t play any good stuff after the break, as opposed to the first half, when it looked ok for some stretches, but it was already difficult then. The defeat is fair enough, sadly.”
(sources: BVB, Sky, Ruhr Nachrichten).