Borussia Dortmund followed up their 6-0 hammering of Legia Warsaw with another sparkling performance on Matchday 3 of the Bundesliga, beating SV Darmstadt with the same result.
Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the match (sources: BVB.de, Ruhr Nachrichten):
Thomas Tuchel: “I think we delivered a good all-around performance today. We confirmed our showing from the Legia match. We wanted to keep up the tempo, dictate the match. We managed that, also because we had the necessary level of aggression and intensity to get into the final third. We controlled the match throughout and deserved the win. The sending-off made it easier. We scored great goals at the end and made it a fantastic afternoon for our fans.”
Match Report: Dortmund firing on all cylinders against Darmstadt
… on expectations before the game: “We knew Darmstadt can defend it even tighter, with more vigor, than Warsaw. It’s probably the toughest thing to do playing against a five-man defence with another four-man line in front of that. To get to the goal you need a mixture of speed and patience, and, of course, courage to get into one-on-ones and the kind of players, who can win them. Passing alone wouldn’t cut it today.
… on young players stepping up for Reus, Schürrle, Götze and Aubameyang: “It’s about the right mixture. This is why we brought them in. They have to bring pace to our game, show courage playing on the wings, moving inside to have numbers there and try to dribble. That’s in their nature. They’re most valuable to us in those roles at the moment. The other guys are laying the best foundation for them to play so freely. We trust in our young players, but they have to repay that trust also.”
… on the two 6-0 wins: “We were miles ahead twice, both collectively and in our individual qualities. But we also were heavily favoured twice. We did our best from that position and made the most of it, but we’ll be tested again. We’ll continue on Tuesday, and then on Friday. It’s too early to sum things up. We’d do well keeping the tempo up and continuing against Wolfsburg on Tuesday. There’s no other way.”
Gonzalo Castro: “The reason for our big win was that we kept the pressure up over the entire game. That was what our coach told us to do. We shouldn’t slow things down like in Leipzig. Of course the two early goals to start both halves helped us a great deal. The 1-0 was the famous icebreaker, but the second goal was just as important to calm the game down. That Sebastian Rode and I both scored with the back heel is fantastic.”
Sebastian Rode: “You could see at Leipzig last week that we aren’t at full capacity just yet. That’s why we desperately wanted to do better. I think we managed that in both games this week. Of course: Both opponents aren’t fit for a king, but you still have to score six goals against Warsaw and Darmstadt. The early goals were crucial, naturally, as well as the fact that we kept pushing after the third goal. I’m extra happy to have scored my first goal for the club here at home.”