Mkhitaryan excelling under Tuchel at 'grown-up' BVB

Europe’s top assist provider Henrikh Mkhitaryan hailed Thomas Tuchel’s influence after another virtuoso display from the Armenian inspired Borussia Dortmund to victory on Matchday 18.

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Mkhitaryan netted his side’s crucial second goal shortly after the break before teeing up Ilkay Gündogan to put the seal on a 3-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach in the closing stages.

"He [Thomas Tuchel] told me in our very first conversation that he could lift me to a world-class level," said Mkhitaryan. "At first, I didn’t necessarily believe him but he’s been true to his word and I’m thankful for that. He gives you the confidence you need. He talks a lot with the players and gives good advice. I’m really happy to be working alongside him."

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