Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted that his side didn’t deserve to progress in the tournament, after a 6-3 aggregate defeat to Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco side.
“The first goal was my mistake, I should have used my fists to push it further away.”
“That destroyed our belief a bit. Then we made too many mistakes in our passing and positioning.”
After revealing a starting XI that was questioned by many, Tuchel threw Ousmane Dembele on in the first half, in place of a returning Erik Durm, to try and spark some life into the BVB attack. It took until early in the second half for the 19-year-old to work his magic, but he produced a stunning run and cross to set up Marco Reus, to put Dortmund back in with a shout.
Monaco dug in, however, and produced a third goal through one of their signature counter attacks, with Thomas Lemar getting his second assist of the night in crossing to substitute Valere Germain, who impressed with his first touch, and after just 21 seconds on the pitch.
Tuchel was critical of his side for not capitalising on their momentum after Reus’ goal, but also accepted that Monaco were simply the better team on the night, too.
“In the second half we tried to rally again, but we were never able to follow up on our goal. We have made great games with a back three, especially in the Champions League, but we were not good enough.
“Altogether, our performance was not up to it.”
Source : 90MIN