Press conference with Thomas Tuchel in the live ticker
11:41 a.m.: There are no considerations about adding more personnel in the central defense because of the personnel problems, says Tuchel. “De Ligt’s loss is very bitter for us.” But they don’t want to add more at the moment. There was recently a rumor that Jerome Boateng, without a club, could return to Bayern.
11.40 a.m.: Tuchel is asked what the key to a victory in Dortmund will be. “We have to play at our limits. We can’t make mistakes. We have enough quality and spirit to win in Dortmund.” Don’t let your approach to the game be swayed.
11:39 a.m.: “We are going to Dortmund to win there,” says Tuchel. The aim is to show a reaction. The team is “calm and focused.” They will meet this afternoon and then get on the plane after the final training session.
Tuchel doesn’t want to change his style of play after the cup defeat
11:38 a.m.: Tuchel is asked what the mood is in the team. “Not resignation at all. There is no reason for that.” They were “extremely disappointed” after the Saarbrücken game. You now have to tick that off and digest it. “The same game with one goal for us and we’ll probably score a third and fourth” and then people talk about it completely differently today. “We didn’t manage that. That also weighs heavily. The pain will keep coming – with every draw, every cup match day.”
11:36 a.m.: “There are no considerations about changing the deep structure of play,” says Tuchel. Analyze the errors and typical error patterns. These are “unnecessary” and “against the principles of the game”. There is a lack of timing and coordination. But you stick to your plan because it actually works well. “I am convinced that the deep build-up of the game is a great strength of the team.” Against Darmstadt last weekend, for example, Joshua Kimmich received a red card after a mistake in the deep build-up of the game.
11.35 a.m.: Tuchel first talks about the personnel situation. It is not yet clear whether Upamecano, Goretzka and Guerreiro could be in the squad against Dortmund. Not much time has passed since the Saarbrücken game.
11:34 a.m.: Let’s go. Thomas Tuchel is there.
Thomas Tuchel will answer questions from journalists from 11.30 a.m. Tuchel said after the defeat in Saarbrücken, the third second-round cup exit in four years. “We have already said in the dressing room that it is not a time to point fingers at each other, not a time to question everything.” And further: “Unfortunately, it will not be our last defeat in all of our footballing lives.”