Borussia Dortmund's 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt left coach Thomas Tuchel frustrated and opposite number Niko Kovac elated on Saturday evening.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Aigner (14')
Thomas Tuchel (Dortmund coach): "We didn't play well initially and found it very difficult. After the goal we came into the game significantly more but often the final pass was missing. In the second half I made tactical and personnel changes and that did not really work out, so I also have to take my share of responsibility. We had complete dominance, but then you can still lose 1-0."
Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund left-back): "We struggled to create chances. Frankfurt gave very little away when they played Bayern before. We did not play well today. The pitch was not ideal for our possession-based football. Although we had 85 percent of second-half possession it was difficult to get behind their last line of defence with the ball only rolling two metres. We were not able to play the ball up top like we normally do. That's why most of our chances were set pieces."
Roman Bürki (Dortmund goalkeeper): "Perhaps, all in all, today we didn't try hard enough."
Niko Kovac (Frankfurt coach): "We knew we would have little possession. The team showed passion for 90 minutes. We've proved in the last few weeks the team has character. The guys believe in themselves, we do not need negative energy. The guys did really well."