Borussia Dortmund continued on their winning ways, picking up their third win on the spin in a highly entertaining 6-2 over Bayer Leverkusen. Here’s what head coach, sporting director and players had to say after the match
Thomas Tuchel: “It was a difficult game for us. We were a bit slow in the beginning, with Leverkusen defending high up the pitch and in a compact manner. It was hard for us to find solutions through our play. Still we were effective at the start, quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had the decisive goal in front of him. It remained a tight game because Leverkusen never wavered. We had to defend diligently to not allow scoring chances. We had quick answers to their getting back into the game and scored great goals ourselves. It feels like a deserved victory. It’s extraordinary for us to score six goals in this setting.”
Tuchel (on Marco Reus’ injury): “That’s a sad news, since an appearance on Wednesday is out of the question. He suffered a muscle injury in his thigh during a long sprint. That hits us hard. He was the one to push us and take responsibility today during our slow start, he was wide awake. He is playing extremely solid for weeks, on a high level and is an important personality on the pitch. That he will miss Wednesday is an enormous loss for us and it clouds our victory.”
Julian Weigl: “Leverkusen asked a lot from us today, they pressed as we expected and never gave us a moment’s rest or a breather. It was difficult for us to brace ourselves against that, but we just scored the goals at the right moments in the game and can therefore be happy with our performance today. They never gave up, that has to be mentioned, even though the result at times looked quite desperate for them, they kept running at us. That’s why we had to be awake at all times. When we conceded the goal there was a short moment where the game could’ve turned, but luckily we scored our next goal. All in all we had the game under control for large parts and deservedly won.”
Gonzalo Castro: “We had a good mixture today. We defended well and, from that, played on the counter with our quick attackers to hit them hard. But we also had our playing sequences at the ready from the possession game. We know we are good players and that makes us tough to figure out and hard to play for our opponents.”
Roman Bürki: “We played forward with aggression, didn’t leave the opponent a lot of spaces, had a lot of superb moves and played our way to the goals magnificently. It was extraordinary how we closed the match. We never let up, kept playing towards our Yellow Wall. It’s a part of the BVB family. We gained confidence against a good opponent today.”
(sources: BVB, Sky, Ruhr Nachrichten).