Borussia Dortmund beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in a controversial match that surely will have people talking for days, if not weeks.
Match report – find our comprehensive match report here
Thomas Tuchel: I thought we were very concentrated in the first half, as well as focused and strong in the tackle, good in aerial duels and, overall, we were prepared for such a demanding game. Our possession level could have been better in the first half, though. We created more space and dominated the game [in the second half]. In doing so, we were able to absorb Leverkusen’s pace and went into the lead deservedly.
Tuchel (on the 10-minute suspension of play): “It was complicated and benefitted Leverkusen. They were energised by a perceived injustice in an emotionally charged stadium. It was almost careless the way in which we passed up the opportunity to take the score to 2-0 in the 87’ minute, and that made for a tense final few minutes, but we got over the line with that bit of luck you need.
Mats Hummels: “We are doing great work together right now as a team, especially defensively. We don’t give away many chances. In my opinion, the referee got it completely right with regard to the situation just before we scored. But I can understand that Leverkusen were so emotionally charged.”
Matthias Ginter: “Situations like the one that occurred in front of our goal happen all the time in a football game. As such, I simply can’t wait until the two behind me have stood up. It was a clear foul before that.”
Herbert Fandel (Head of the Refereeing Commission): “Referee Felix Zwayer adhered to the rules in the situation after the goal. If a player or, in this case, a coach refuses to leave the pitch, it’s correct to suspend play and threaten with cancellation. It’s up to the referee to decide whether he talks directly to the coach or sends the captain. In any case it’s unacceptable that the coach ignores the referee’s decision and tries to force a personal explanation with his behaviour.”