At the press conference of his club Paris Saint-Germain before the League Cup match against Le Mans on Wednesday, Thomas Tuchel emphasized that he still had many friends in Dortmund. "It's a special game for me," Tuchel said when asked about the upcoming Champions League round on February 16 (live February 18 on DAZN) and March against his former club Borussia Dortmund.
"It's a knockout game, anything can happen," Tuchel said, describing BVB as a "great team in Germany" that it was difficult to compete against. However, now you have two months to prepare for the matches. "We have a lot of time," Tuchel said.
He also highlighted the "extraordinary stadium" and "the amazing atmosphere" of Dortmund. Tuchel could experience this regularly for two years as a BVB coach. Just after winning the DFB Cup Final 2017 against Eintracht Frankfurt (2-1), Tuchel went and the Black and Yellow each.
The reason for this was internal conflicts between Tuchel and the club management of BVB CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, which was eventually carried out publicly. It is said that they originated in the days following the attack on the BVB team bus before the Champions League round of 16 against AS Monaco.
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Before the reunion in February, Tuchel emphasized: "I still have many friends in Dortmund and am looking forward to returning with my team." On Monday, BVB Sports Manager Michael Zorc announced that he wanted to "greet" the former coach warmly at the first stage. "We're not playing against Thomas Tuchel, but against Paris Saint-Germain," Zorc said.
To this day, Tuchel is one of the best coaches in Dortmund's club history (2.12 points per game) among BVB coaches with more than 50 matches. Jürgen Klopp, whom Watzke beams to-day and who led BVB to two championship titles, a cup win and the Champions League final in 2013, is only fourth in this category (1.90). Lucien Favre is just behind Tuchel with 2.09 points per game.
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