Tuchel Is Not Into January Signings

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Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has revealed he will not be adding more men to his squad in January.

Dortmund has had a very good first half to the season, standing just five points behind leaders Bayern.

And with the DFB Pokal and Europa league in Dortmund’s sight, Tuchel still harbors no desire to sign.

“Of course, we feel very comfortable with the number of players we have, we are fortunate that we have very few new injuries,” he told reporters on Friday.

“I’m not a fan of winter transfers. The team shows every day how hard they work and what achievements they are capable of.

“I’m not naive, I know some players are less satisfied with their role, so I can’t rule anything out. I wouldn’t mind if we started the second half with completely the same selection.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s encounter with Cologne, Tuchel revealed both Marco Reus and Sven Bender will be forced to sit out, with the former not being risked.

“Reus is doing quite well. He’s much better but it won’t be possible for him to play on Sunday,” he said.

“Sven Bender is questionable because we have to wait for the diagnosis.”

He added of Peter Stoger’s side: “It’s very difficult to score goals against them. They have a very high success rate in their defensive battles and are dangerous on the counter.

“We expect a loud stadium, an enthusiastic crowd, but that’s good. It’s great fun to play in this stadium.”



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