Thomas Tuchel blames poor defence for surprise Dortmund defeat

Thomas Tuchel blames poor defence for surprise Dortmund defeat


Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has lamented his rearguard’s inability to kick-start attacks, saying their failings left the team short of chances.

Dortmund fell victim to Bundesliga new boys Red Bull Leipzig at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, downed by an 89th-minute Naby Keita goal.

Just two matches in, Dortmund have already lost ground on fellow title aspirants and current champions Bayern Munich.

Tuchel believes his side was never able to establish control of the game.

“It was evident that there were too many unforced errors from the six players in the back four and the defensive midfield area who were responsible for our build-up play,” Tuchel said.

“There were a lot of technical mistakes and lapses of concentration. In that respect our performance was very flawed. That led to us never having the feeling we were in control.

“We had enough half-chances to make some of them into full chances, to take the lead and therefore to win the game. We didn’t manage to do that.

“In the end we contrived to concede a goal which we didn’t see coming.

“We are still getting to know each other. It was evident that we made a lot of incorrect decisions in our build-up play, but nevertheless we coped well.

“We lost and are absolutely dissatisfied with that. ”

Dortmund face a trip to Legia Warsaw in the Champions League midweek before hosting SV Darmstadt at the Westfalenstadion.

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