Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel insists that the Bundesliga club completely outclassed Tottenham at the Signal Iduna Park in Germany, winning the game 3-0 which has all but secured their position in the quarter-finals. Tottenham made seven changes to the side which drew 1-1 against Arsenal at White Hart Lane and were found woefully short against Dortmund, who had come into the game with a desire to take the contest by the scruff of its neck.
A brace from Marco Reus and another from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang sealed victory, which has taken Tottenham to three consecutive games without a win in all competitions. A similar run of form in the league can all but scupper their chances to win their first league title since 1961, which will pour cold water over Mauricio Pochettino's decision to sacrifice their participation in other tournaments to concentrate on the league.
Meanwhile, Dortmund are still in touching distance from Bayern Munich in the league, currently five points adrift, with nine games left in the season. Tuchel was extremely pleased with their performance against Spurs, explaining that they pressed them early in the game and did not allow Tottenham to play their game.
"It's hard to play against us, at Signal Iduna Park you have to suffer and we made Tottenham suffer. We totally appreciate our performance. I am very happy with our domination," Tuchel said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
"We played confident, we managed to keep the spaces very tight for Tottenham to find their combination game. We attacked them very early to not allow theme easily to come into our half. We created a lot of chances and defended carefully. I'm very happy with the performance.
"I know how hard it is to defend all this individual quality, we did an amazing job in defence. It is a very hard-working team I have here, very open-minded. They are eager to learn, eager for solutions," he added,