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Dortmund need to forget Bayern loss, says Thomas Tuchel

Borussia Dortmund hope the ghost of their last domestic league loss won’t linger as they host a solid Monaco side in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.

Thomas Tuchel’s men are still licking the wounds they suffered in the 1-4 beating Bayern Munich gave them in last week’s Der Klassiker, but the boss is confident they will perform differently in the Champions League, where they have been in good form.

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

With the loss, Dortmund missed out on the chance to move third as Hoffenheim lost to Hamburger a day earlier. As it stands, Dortmund are still a point below third-placed Hoffenheim, who are seven points behind second-placed RB Leipzig, who have 10 points less than leaders Munich.

But Dortmund have been one of the most prolific teams in the Champions League, with 25 goals scored in eight games against just 10 conceded.

“There is no need to show [my players] 20 replays of the game,” added Tuchel. “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.”

CHARACTER NEEDED

Tuchel also piled on the pressure on his famed forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was anonymous in the Bayern loss, to play well in the games against Monaco.

“We need Aubameyang in absolute top form to reach the semi-finals,” said the manager. “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.”

PLAYER TO WATCH

Kylian Mbappe, Monaco’s 18-year-old rising star, has been making waves with the Ligue 1 leaders across all competitions. He has 12 goals in 22 appearances in the French top flight, five strikes in six domestic cup matches and two goals in five Champions League games.

The Monaco youth side graduate was instrumental in their elimination of Manchester City in the last round, which saw the 18-year-old score a goal in each leg. Monaco advanced through away goals rule, after the tie ended 6-6.