Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has spoken of his relationship of trust with star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, after the Gabon international served an internal suspension for their midweek victory over Sporting CP in the UEFA Champions League.
The 27-year-old Aubameyang was dropped from the squad shortly before the match amidst reports that he attended a party at the start of the week without the club’s permission.
However, during a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Bundesliga clash against Hamburger SV, Tuchel said the matter has been dealt with behind closed doors and there are no hard feelings for either party.
“The relationship of trust between Aubameyang, myself, and the team will remain intact,” Tuchel said when asked if their relationship had been fractured.
“Such a measure [the punishment] doesn’t come completely out of the blue. Obviously it changes the dynamic of a group to some extent.
“But I’m confident Aubameyang can shake off the issue. It was over and done with by full-time against Sporting.”
Dorrtmund have struggled away to Hamburg in recent times and have only one win there in the last decade to show for his efforts.
With Aubameyang back in the side, Tuchel is confident that his side will give a good account of themselves in the northern city.
“There is no better time than tomorrow [Saturday] to turn the record around against Hamburg,” he continued.
“I expect a highly emotional, diligent and intense HSV. We have to hope that our individual class will make the difference after the war of attrition.”
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