Tuchel praises Dortmund for 'perfect game'

The Bundesliga side ran out 3-1 winners over Stuttgart in their DFB-Pokal quarter-final clash on Tuesday, and the 42-year-old has praised the performance of his players
Thomas Tuchel has praised his Borussia Dortmund side for playing a "perfect game" in their 3-1 DFB-Pokal quarter-final win over Stuttgart on Tuesday.

Dortmund raced into the lead at the Mercedes-Benz Arena as Marco Reus netted a fifth-minute strike.

Shortly after Dortmund fans had ended their boycott of the first 20 minutes in protest against ticket prices, Stuttgart levelled matters courtesy of a deflected effort from Lukas Rupp.

The protests continued minutes later with Dortmund supporters throwing tennis balls onto the pitch, forcing the game to be briefly stopped.

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But Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's 30th goal in 31 games and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's late effort made sure of a place in the last four as Dortmund ended Stuttgart's five-match winning streak.

"In the situation of the opponent, in these circumstances, we have made a perfect game," Tuchel said.

"It was a great game, it was a great game to coach. It was as intense as expected.

"We were dominant in the first half and prevented early counter-attacks.

"In the second half it was a little more open, we allowed three of four chances on the break.

"We could have made the third goal earlier, but we did so under difficult conditions."