Tuchel praises Dortmund’s will to win

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Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel has praised his team for shaking off a nervy first-half to beat FC Augsburg 3-1 at WWK Arena on Sunday.

The hosts took the lead through Alfred Finnbogason in the 16th minute before Henrikh Mkhitaryan equalised on the stroke of halftime, setting his team up for an improved showing after the break.

“You could see that we not only had an intensive physical workload behind us, but also a huge psychological strain,” Tuchel said of the first half.

“We made many technical mistakes, were unable to bring any kind of pace to bear on the game, nor could we find space and occupy it.

“It was also difficult to handle our opposition’s Gegenpressing. I am not in any way attacking my players here, we were simply lacking freshness.It was very important for us to have equalised before the break. We played with greater freedom after that.”

Dortmund fought back in the second half with goals from Gonzalo Castro and Adrian Ramos sealing the win that keeps them just five points behind league leaders FC Bayern München in the Bundesliga standings.

“Our passing improved, we were more focused and we became more dangerous,” Tuchel said of their second-half performance.

“That is how we were able to win a very complicated game. We demonstrated an exceptional mentality and will to win. As such, the team is due a great compliment.”