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Tuchel: Dortmund were mentally weak

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Pin Borussia Dortmund celebrating the turn around against Odd Grenland. Twitter
Borussia Dortmund celebrating the turn around against Odd Grenland. Twitter

Tuchel: Dortmund were mentally weak

John Bridgen by John Bridgen @Besoccer - 0 243

The coach was horrified with his side's defending after they fought back from three goals down to win 4-3 on Thursday

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel accused his players of being mentally weak after they were forced to fight back from 3-2 down before winning 4-3 in the first leg of their Europa League play-off against Odd.

Tuchel's side were behind after just 14 seconds of a remarkable clash and had slipped to a three-goal deficit by the 22nd minute as the hosts split through Dortmund's defence with ease.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored either side of Shinji Kagawa's well-executed volley to restore parity after 75 minutes, before Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed home the winner late on.

And although Dortmund's blushes were spared, Tuchel was disappointed with his side's dreadful start but claimed they could have won by more in the end.

"We weren't prepared for what happened at the start, mentally we were not strong enough," Tuchel said.

"I was horrified at how easy we fell and conceded the goals. We will need to be much better.

"But we showed morale in the second half, and I am pleased for that. In the end we deserved the win, and actually the score was too low on our part."

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