“It was extremely difficult to win there. They played a strong group stage so far. The game was close and we expect that again tomorrow,” Tuchel said (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “The win over Dortmund was certainly a key result, and also the way we played over 90 minutes. That gave us great confidence. The return of Manuel Neuer has also been crucial. We’re understanding better and better how to get our pace on the pitch. Things are clicking, which you see in our play. Off the ball we’re compact and hard-working. We have to stick at it. If that’s underpinned by statistics, then that’s obviously nice but you have to be a bit careful with any statistic. We’re at a very good level currently and are also consistent.”
Tuchel has been wowed by his squad’s ability to focus in the Champions League and ultimately take care of business during each game so far.
“It’s a very impressive run, which almost shocked me. It shows the strength of the club and how engrained the winning mentality is. For me as a coach, it’s important to see that games aren’t valued differently. We need to bring the fire and passion ourselves tomorrow, which isn’t always easy,” said Tuchel. “The run proves we can do that. The run is an obligation to keep doing that. We’re preparing for the match as if it’s the last chance to reach our goals, and it doesn’t make a difference where we are in the table.”
FC Copenhagen is playing for its UCL life in this match. A win — or even a draw — would go a long way in helping the Danish club advance to the next round.