Tuchel Expecting Goal Laden Affair Against Monaco

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Thomas Tuchel is expecting the goals to flow when Dortmund play Monaco in the quarterfinals of the UCL.

Monaco qualified for the quarter finals after playing a 6-6 aggregate against Manchester City, progressing on away goals.

Dortmund eliminated Benfica in the round of 16, winning 4-1 on aggregate and Tuchel is expecting the goals to come easy when they face next week.

“I don’t think you’ll find any team at this stage who don’t believe they can go all the way, but you’ve got to be realistic,” he told UEFA.com. “As unspectacular as it may sound, we can’t afford to have a single bad half; to get through, you need two top performances, and that means four top halves.

“I want everyone who comes to the stadium to enjoy watching us because we play attacking football and outscore our opponents. I think we are good at winning the ball back, good at playing at a high tempo, good at quick attacking interplay and we’re also a hard-working team. I’d also say we’ve got a strong team identity and spirit.

“Monaco are a bit like us: spectacular, attack-minded and strong, and their squad is a similar age to ours. They play at a very high tempo and, in addition to individual talent, they have a very strong team ethic. I think it’s safe to say we won’t have two 0-0 draws; both teams are too interested in scoring and pushing themselves to the limit.

“I’m very optimistic, but I always am. We feel well-prepared for every game and we are so strong and confident that we always believe we can win.

“Getting to the Champions League semi-finals would be amazing, but so is winning the derby against Schalke. Just being the coach and having people tell you you’re doing a good job at Dortmund is a dream come true.

“You have to take every challenge seriously. I don’t think: ‘Oh, on Saturday it’s the Bundesliga, but then on Tuesday it’s the Champions League, so we’ll take it easy and rest some players.’ You have to place the utmost significance on every game. That’s what it’s about now.”

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