Summary

  • Tuchel: 'We battled back well and have to settle for the point'
  • Players felt they still could have won the game.
  • Reus rescued Dortmund in stoppage time.

Borussia Dortmund’s joy at rescuing a last-minute point through Marco Reus was tempered by a feeling they could have got more than a draw away to 1. FC Köln.

„I’m very happy with the boys’ performance. A display like that reminds me how much I enjoy working with this group of players. It was important after our 4-0 defeat to Hoffenheim to show that we’re ready for our games before Christmas.“

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Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund captain): 'We have to be happy that we got the equalizer in the end, but we had wanted more from the game. I was fairly happy with the first-half, apart from my mistake which lead to their goal. It was a shame, because if Köln hadn’t taken the lead, we could have got more out of it. So thank you to the team and full credit to them that they were able to grab the equaliser.'

Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund coach): 'The compliment to the team is bigger than the pointed finger today. Going behind made our task more difficult, but we battled back and got a late reward. So you have to settle for a point and take it home with you.'

'Marco Reus is irreplaceable for us. You can see that at the moment.'

Matthias Ginter (Dortmund defender): 'We have mixed feelings as one point is obviously better than none, but we came here looking to win and that was certainly possible in my opinion. It was annoying but we need to keep working hard to win games like this in the future. I wouldn’t say we started the game poorly, I felt we were well in it before we went behind. And it is annoying that we had to chase the game after conceding a simple set-piece goal. It’s hard playing against Köln with their back-five and long balls. But we have certainly played worse and won in the past.'

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Peter Stöger (Köln head coach): "I’m very happy with the boys’ performance. A display like that reminds me how much I enjoy working with this group of players. It was important after our 4-0 defeat to Hoffenheim to show that we’re ready for our games before Christmas."

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