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Aubameyang’s influence in games goes beyond goals, Tuchel insists


Dortmund’s Gabonese forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with his teammates after the German First division Bundesliga football match between Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, in Dortmund, western Germany, on February 4, 2017.<br />SASCHA SCHUERMANN / AFP

Thonas Tuchel feels Borussia Dortmund need Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in top form both on and off the pitch if they are to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Monaco.

The prolific attacker played a key role in his side’s round-of-16 win over Benfica with a hat-trick in their 4-0 second-leg win, taking his tally to seven goals in as many European games this term.

Tuchel is adamant there is more to Aubameyang than just goals, though, and has hailed his positive influence off the pitch, too. “We need Aubameyang in absolute top form to reach the semi-finals,” Tuchel stated at a media conference.


“That is what the Champions League demands. “We need Aubameyang’s finishing, his defensive contribution but also his music and vibe before the game. It calms everyone down.
“He speaks Spanish, French, Italian, English and even German – when he wants. He can understand German – when he wants.”

Dortmund were dealt a blow in the build-up to their quarter-final when they were beaten 4-1 by Bayern Munich at the weekend, but Tuchel is no longer thinking about their Bundesliga defeat.

“Sometimes it is best to wake up on Sunday morning and just forget the last game,” Tuchel added. “We are not in a bad situation, we just had one bad result. We deservedly lost against a strong opponent.

“There is no need to show 20 replays of the game. As we play on Saturday-Tuesday, there is no time to analyse the last match. Players need to recuperate mentally, too.

“We have shown what we are capable of in the Champions League. We are ready to show it again Tuesday. We need four good halves in the quarter-final. Good periods alone will not be enough.”

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