Champions League

Tuchel: Teams will want to avoid us

2017-03-09 13:48
Thomas Tuchel (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel praised his side after they brushed aside Benfica 4-0 to advance into the last eight of the Champions League but said no one would want to play his team in the next round.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Dortmund put in a classy performance as they demolished the Portuguese side with goals from Christian Pulisic and a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick.

Talking to TV cameras after the win, Tuchel said: 'It was excellent. We had a brilliant start, we scored with our first chance, which was very important.

'We scored, had a good 20 minutes but we lost control, our rhythm and too many easy balls between 25 and 45 minutes.

'But in the second half we came back and had a lot of transitions, won a lot of challenges and had a lot of good energy. The second half was outstanding. We scored spectacular goals. The performance from the whole team was very good,' he added.

Dortmund now join Real Madrid, Barcelona and fellow German side Bayern Munich in the last eight, and Tuchel believes his side will provide a strong challenge for any team.

'We are in the last eight and when you are in the last eight, you want to go to the last four,' he said.

'We trust ourselves, we trust our performances and our talent and devotion for the game. We want to go on. No-one wants to play against us either. We are a difficult team to play. We want to continue.'

 

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