“He is a coach who trusted me a lot” – Ousmane Dembele...

“He is a coach who trusted me a lot” – Ousmane Dembele pays tribute to Thomas Tuchel


Borussia Dortmund youngster Ousmane Dembele has expressed his disappointment over the sacking of manager Thomas Tuchel in an interview with Sky Sports Deutschland.

Tuchel signed Dembele from French club Stade Rennes at the beginning of the season, with the 20-year-old scoring 10 goals for the season.

And Dembele says he is disappointed to see a great mentor leave.

“I’m disappointed because he is a coach who trusted me a lot,” he said.

“He was always there for me and brought me on a lot.

“He is a very good coach with whom I had a great time. But that’s how football is, our management decided like this.”

Reports suggested Tuchel’s relationship broke down with the players following an attack on the team bus prior to the Champions League quarter-final with AS Monaco.

Claims the Frenchman was quick to reject.

“The atmosphere inside the bus was frightening,” he added. “The next morning was a catastrophe. And then we had to play football.

“That was something that wasn’t on our mind. Nobody was capable of playing that match. UEFA had scheduling problems but no one of us was in a state of going out to play.

“Many of us did not want to play, in fact nearly all of us. But we couldn’t do anything about it. We were forced to play. The coach was completely with us, he also did not have the head for a football match.

“We were united in our view but that’s the way it is.