Borussia Dortmund advanced to the semi-finals of the 2015/16 DFB-Pokal on Tuesday, beating VfB Stuttgart 3-1 away from home. Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the game (sources: BVB.de, German broadcaster Sky).
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Thomas Tuchel: “I’m almost implicitly happy. We wasted a few chances too many to begin the second half, where we could’ve calmed the game down earlier. If you don’t do that, that’s the way it goes. But against an opponent in this situation and form, we played a perfect game. We have strenuous weeks before us, with four crispy matches in a row. Therefore it’s now about recovering, so we’ll be able to give it our all against Hannover on Saturday.”
Marco Reus: “The pitch was very slippery, which didn’t make it easy. By and large we started very well and luckily scored the opener early on. Then we conceded a stupid goal, but remained calm and won deservedly in the end, although we should’ve made better use of our goalscoring opportunities late in the game. Now we await who we’ll draw in the semis. And then we want to go to Berlin.”
Ilkay Gündogan: “We knew beforehand that it was going to be difficult. VfB have a lot of confidence at the moment, nonetheless we embraced the game very well. The circumstances weren’t easy, but we deserved to make it to the next round. Even though we could’ve decided the game earlier, it was a deserved win in the end.”
Kevin Großkreutz: “The defeat is of course very bitter, since we didn’t play a bad game. We piled the pressure after intermission, and we obviously had to open up in the end. A counter like that can happen, then. Dortmund are strong, but really it was our own mistakes that led to the goals we conceded. They were punished clinically by Dortmund. Still, it was nice having seen my old colleagues again.”