Christian Pulisic was the star of the show for Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 3. - © © imago
Christian Pulisic was the star of the show for Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 3. - © © imago

Dortmund Belieber Christian Pulisic delights in Darmstadt rout


USMNT international Christian Pulisic has even more reason to let his hair down when he turns 18 on Sunday, after registering a goal and two assists in Borussia Dortmund's 6-0 drubbing of SV Darmstadt 98. rounds up the reaction from the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK...

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Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund midfielder): "I'm very happy. I think I had a very strong performance in the second half. I'm always happy to come out with goals and assists, I think that's what an attacker should do. […] It was definitely a good early birthday present to get the goal. I'm very excited to go with my friends [to see Justin Bieber] on my birthday."

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Thomas Tuchel (Borussia Dortmund head coach): "It's amazing to score so many goals. We have the better individual players, but we made the most of it. We set out to be aggressive and create lots of chances, but I don't have a favourite goal. I like goals from one metre out and from distance; I celebrate every goal. It gives the players a lot of confidence. [...] It's the sort of performance we expect from [Pulisic] and he expects from himself. Christian did very well."

*Second 6-0 win in a row. I'm absolutely thrilled with my first goal for BVB.

Gonzalo Castro (Borussia Dortmund midfielder): "Sometimes results like the defeat to Leipzig really hurt to start with, but do you good in the long run. The team spirit is really good, everyone knows that they're needed - even those that didn't play together. We've got 25 or so really good players - it doesn't matter if we play at the weekend or in midweek [...] My first goal was more important than my second, but my second was the better goal. You practise these things in training, but you don't expect it to happen in a game. Sometimes it works out. We need to recuperate and then approach the Wolfsburg game with the same level of performance as today."

Michael Esser (SV Darmstadt 98 goalkeeper): "We knew that Dortmund would force the issue. We don't need to talk about the quality of Dortmund, but we could definitely have done better and been more aggressive off the ball. We have to look forward to the next game against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, stay positive and take it from there."

Immanuel Höhn (SV Darmstadt 98 defender): "We had problems from the start and gave away a lot of chances. It's obviously disappointing to concede so many goals. It's important to draw a line under it in the Hoffenheim game and try and get three points."

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