Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is glad with the way his men responded to their Europa league exit, by winning 3-0 against Hamburg.
Liverpool dumped Dortmund out of the Europa league, 5-4 on aggregate.
But Christian Pulisic’s first Bundesliga goal and a brace from Adrian Ramos helped a much-changed Dortmund respond in good fashion with an easy victory over Hamburg, who had goalkeeper Rene Adler sent off for a second-half challenge on Shinji Kagawa outside the penalty area.
Dortmund’s win closes the gap to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to seven points ahead of their DFB-Pokal semi-final against Hertha Berlin and afterwards Tuchel was full of praise for his charges.
“I do not think that Liverpool was still in our minds,” Tuchel told Sky after the match.
“I found it rather positive that we were able to concentrate on a task again.
“We had a lot of changes in the starting lineup. We had to find the positions and the pass rhythm.
“Hamburg’s defending was aggressive and toxic. It just felt a little tough, but it’s also not a crime.
“We have won 3-0 and are very satisfied. We are confident for the DFB cup match in Berlin on Wednesday. We want to reach the final.”