Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich played out a thrilling, albeit goalless, draw at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday, and Thomas Tuchel claimed that he saw plenty of positives for his side in the game.
In a match where both goalkeepers — Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer and Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Burki — were kept on their toes, Germany’s top two sides shared the spoils as the game finished 0-0. Der Klassiker was one of the best opportunities for Dortmund to pick up the pace on their title challenge. However, they failed to overcome the Bavarians.
After the match, Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel said that he wasn’t disappointed with the result and that the team needed to look forward to the rest of the season.
“I want us to pick up as many points as we possibly can. Next we face Tottenham, then Mainz. Even if we had beaten Munich today, we would still be behind them in the table, albeit by only two points, and we still have an inferior goal difference,” said Tuchel, according to Goal.com.
“We must stay hungry and impassioned. We shouldn’t be disappointed with today’s 0-0.
“A goal to take the lead would have helped us a lot, of course. I am very satisfied with the team’s performance today.”
Tuchel also praised Bayern’s attack and stated that Der Schwarzgelben did an excellent job of keeping them at bay.
Bundesliga race heats up
A draw game means that Borussia Dortmund are still five points behind league leaders Bayern Munich, with just nine games left in the season. However, Dormund can take heart from the fact that Bayern could slip up unexpectedly, as they did against Mainz in their previous game.
However, even the five-point gap could end up being too much for Dortmund, who are the only genuine contenders for the title apart from Pep Guardiola’s men. The Bundesliga is a two-horse race, with 16 points separating Tuchel’s side from third-placed Hertha Berlin. Hertha could yet have a say in where the title ends up though, with the team from the German capital scheduled to host both Dortmund and Bayern before the end of the season.