All eyes were on Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel upon his return to Mainz, and his new side did little to let him down in a 2-0 win - © © imago / MIS
All eyes were on Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel upon his return to Mainz, and his new side did little to let him down in a 2-0 win - © © imago / MIS
Bundesliga

Dortmund back on track after Tuchel’s homecoming

Mainz - It may have been somewhat surreal for Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel, but returning to his former stomping ground at 1. FSV Mainz 05 proved to be an overwhelmingly positive experience.

‘It all felt very strange’

At first Tuchel tried to play down his first homecoming to the club he guided to unprecedented heights during his five-year tenure, but did admit “It was definitely a different feeling than usual,” following BVB’s 2-0 win under the Friday night lights.

“I had never been in the underground car park and I had never stood on the right hand side of the touchline,” the 42-year-old continued. “It was a special experience and for a while it all felt very strange.” Bizarre as it may have been though, it was far from an awkward reunion. “Lots of people were pleased to see me in the same way I was to see them. However, in no way do I take more delight from this victory than I do from others.”

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