Borussia Dortmund beat FC Porto 1-0 on Thursday and advanced to the round of 16 in the UEFA Europa League. Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the win (sources: BVB.de, DerWesten.de, German broadcaster Sky).
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Thomas Tuchel: “Despite our win, I’m not at all happy with our performance today. Our passing and spacing were deficient, we didn’t play with the required precision to have scoring chances. We just made too many mistakes. The result, however, is obviously perfect, we didn’t concede, won 1-0. That puts us in a more comfortable situation analysing this match.”
Tuchel (on the tie in general): “At the end of the day it went really, really well for us, we couldn’t bank on that against a strong opponent such as Porto. We could’ve, however, made much more out of our superiority, also to make a statement towards our competition. I don’t want to talk it all down, of course. We’re in the last 16, not undeservedly so.”
Tuchel (on positives from the game): “The entire team has basically earned special praise, because they didn’t lose their hearts or the fighting spirit despite the lack of precision, rhythm and form on the day. That is, of course, also to the credit of Roman Bürki, who’s goalkeeping phenomenally for weeks now.”
Roman Bürki: “We advanced to the next round, that’s the most important news. Nevertheless, we surely didn’t play like we expect from ourselves. More than anything, we allowed ourselves too many misplaced passes. Porto pressed us very early, marked us up front well, so we had problems building up properly. But still: We beat FC Porto 1-0 away from home regardless, and I never had the feeling something could go wrong after we went in front.”
Mats Hummels (on his substitution): “I only have slight problems with the hip flexor. I could’ve played through it in a final, but, considering the result, I exercised caution. When the pitches are as deep as they were in the last few weeks, so softened, there are players that are more susceptible to injuries. I hope and am optimistic it’ll be okay on Sunday [vs. Hoffenheim].”