Borussia Dortmund suffered their first Bundesliga defeat of 2016, falling 1-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt away from home on Matchday 33.
Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the loss (sources: BVB.de, Sky, Ruhr Nachrichten):
Thomas Tuchel: “We didn’t start well, had trouble finding spaces. We wanted to keep the opponent away from our goal, but instead we allowed set pieces and didn’t defend them well, to make matters worse. After going behind our play improved, it got quicker and more urgent. Aubameyang had to big chance to equalise the game, after that we had a few other good situations in and around the penalty box and scored a goal, which sadly was disallowed. That was the push Frankfurt needed to win such a game.”
Tuchel (on his changes in the second half): “We changed tactics and personnel, but we couldn’t win the game. I have a share in that. Still, we were totally dominant. I felt like there were no chances for Frankfurt. The opportunities we had, we sadly didn’t take. We aren’t happy about the defeat, but we can and have to accept it.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “We struggled creating chances. Frankfurt didn’t allow many of those against Bayern, either. We didn’t give a good performance today. The pitch wasn’t great for our possession-orientated style of play. We had 85 per cent possession in the second half, but when the ball only rolls for two metres, it’s difficult getting behind the defence. We didn’t manage to play those passes into the danger area like we’re used to. That’s why we had most of our chances after set pieces. Unfortunately we had a clean goal disallowed.”
Roman Bürki: “We didn’t find a way to score a goal. Frankfurt threw themselves into every shot, they really fought for their lives today. We had the game under control apart from the early goings, were we found it difficult. It wasn’t to be today, the ball just didn’t want to go in. It was a powerplay from us, but we didn’t have the right solutions. Also, the pitch wasn’t great, it hadn’t been watered at all. That complicated our combination play and we struggled with our long passes. Frankfurt obviously parked the bus with 11 men after going ahead, but we had analysed them and played with two strikers as a result. We didn’t manage to put them in good situations in front of goal.”