Although delighted with his team's performance, Thomas Tuchel admitted Borussia Dortmund's 2-0 win over former club 1. FSV Mainz 05 was of little importance following the tragic death of a fan during the game.
Borussia Dortmund 2-0 1. FSV Mainz 05
Goals: 1-0 Reus (30'), 2-0 Kagawa (73')
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund head coach): "We played exceptionally well today. We've had so many games of late, we haven't had a single week just to recuperate. We knew how fit Mainz are. We knew how dangerous that could be. I had my concerns, but my team put in a fantastic performance. Obviously I send my condolences to the deceased's next of kin. We all know that there are more important things than a football match."
Marco Reus (Dortmund forward): "At first, we knew nothing about it and were a bit confused by the silence in the stadium. Straight after the game, the coach came over and explained what had happened. It's tragic and obviously casts a shadow over the game."
Julian Weigl (Dortmund midfielder): "It was an unusual, strange atmosphere. I found it impressive how our fans united in such a situation. The 'You'll Never Walk Alone' after the final whistle shows what an unbelieveably great group of fans we have. Here, really no-one stands alone, as the song says."
Martin Schmidt (Mainz head coach): "We have to accept that we deserved to lose today. We didn't play anywhere near our best. After the goal, we knew it would only get harder. We wanted to have a go in the second half, but that just invited the opposition to create clear-scoring chances. I don't think the defeat halts our progression. We'll analyse it and then throw ourselves into the next game. Congratulations to Thomas [Tuchel] and the BVB team on the win. On behalf of the team I would like to express out heartfelt condolences. The conduct of the fans was striking. It touched everyone."
Leon Balogun (Mainz defender): "I asked the referee about the unusual atmosphere, be he also didn't know anything. Our feelings are with the victims and their families."
Loris Karius (Mainz goalkeeper): You knew there was something wrong, but you didn't know what it was. Then, 80,000 people showed that football isn't the be all and end all, that everyone stands together, regardless of the colours you wear."