Tuchel: We made too many mistakes
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said mistakes cost his side dearly as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Monaco to go out of Champions League.
Trailing 3-2 from the first leg of their quarter-final, Dortmund fell further behind after just three minutes as Kylian Mbappe scored before Radamel Falcao doubled Monaco’s lead 10 minutes later.
Marco Reus pulled one back for Dortmund but Valere Germain then hit a third to send Tuchel’s side crashing out.
"We started well with one or two dangerous moves where we found some space and then conceded an unlucky goal," Tuchel said. "That destroyed our belief a bit. Then we made too many mistakes in our passing and positioning.
"Our mistakes helped them to two early goals, which made things even more difficult," he said. "We tried everything after the break and I think we put in a good performance then, but it was over after their third goal. The first goal was my mistake, I should have used my fists to push it further away."
Tuchel also bemoaned a 20-minute delay for the team bus leaving the hotel, which he said made him nervous following last week’s bomb attack on the Dortmund bus ahead of the first leg.
The wait delayed kickoff for about five minutes, but there was no explanation from police. UEFA later said that the late start was due to "late team arrival caused by heavy traffic.”
"The police were everywhere around the bus, traffic all around, and it was free [to go] but we did not move not one centimetre,” said Tuchel.
"If you don't want to have the situation after last week, we had the same situation; same team, again in the bus, we were ready to go and no-one goes. This was 16, 17 minutes, sitting there.
"I had the feeling that we were focused and full of joy to play this game but then there were awkward mindsets going around. Very calm, everybody was very quiet, and I did not feel so good.
"I'm not sure if it had an impact, you would have to ask the players. For me, not; for the players, I don't know."
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