Borussia Dortmund take on Manchester City FC in Shanghai on Thursday, as Thomas Tuchel faces off against his friend and mentor Pep Guardiola. Follow our live blog for all the latest updates…
‘We put 100 per cent in’
Tuchel said he and his team “felt obligated” to work as hard as they can for the fans that came out to see them. Here they are in action in training this evening:
Another Manchester mauling?
Borussia played City’s local rivals Manchester United FC just a few days in Shanghai, and if Dortmund’s performance in that comprehensive 4-1 win over the Red Devils is anything to go by, then City will have a tiring job on their hands. Relive the highlights of the match – including a stunning goal from precocious teenager Ousmane Dembele – below.
Tuchel’s message of thanks
Dortmund have been accompanied by legions of adoring fans in both Shanghai and now Shenzhen, and in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday, coach Tuchel paid tribute to the supporters for their special efforts, some of which included travelling more than a day to meet the team.
“That’s really impressive,” he said. “Often coaches say they have to like it when the fans do this, but if you imagine that we arrived at our hotel and there were people there who’d travelled 26 hours to meet us, that changes you. That leaves an impression on you and your team. These are experiences we can’t get at home, so it keeps our feet on the ground.”
No Aubameyang for BVB
Thomas Tuchel’s party in China is a man light after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed the tour early on Tuesday night, as the 27-year-old and his partner are expecting their second child together.
The Gabonese star’s mind is never far from the job, however. Talking to German magazine Sportbild, he labelled the capture of Germany internationals Andre Schürrle and Mario Götze as “spectacular” and says the club should aim to win at least one trophy this season. Read more on the Auba’s aims and ambitions with BVB here.
Wherever you are in the world, bundesliga.com heartily welcomes you to this live text blog of Borussia Dortmund’s International Champions Cup match against Manchester City FC! That’s quite a mouthful, so from now on we’ll just say BVB-City, or #bvbmfc to help save time. This handy tweet from Adrian Ramos tells you all you need to know about the game, although it’s also worth reminding yourself that kick-off is at 13:30CEST/11:30GMT.
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- ^ comprehensive 4-1 win over the Red Devils (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Ousmane Dembele (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departed the tour early on Tuesday night (www.bundesliga.com)
- ^ Read more on the Auba’s aims and ambitions with BVB here (www.bundesliga.com)