Thomas Tuchel denies reports of training ground bust up with Mario Gotze

Thomas Tuchel denies reports of training ground bust up with Mario Gotze

Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel has denied reports of a training ground bust up with Mario Gotze

German media had reported that Tuchel had taken exception to Gotze’s performance in a training ground passing drill, chastising him in front of the other players.

Gotze is yet to a score a Bundesliga goal for Dortmund since returning to the club from a disappointing stint at rivals – a poor start that has fuelled rumours of Tuchel’s unhappiness with the forward.

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However, Tuchel has hit back at the report, putting it down to a misunderstanding.

“I was informed on Wednesday that I had a problem with Mario, which is simply not true,” he said, as reported by Goal.

Mario Gotze

“I said loudly after a [passing exercise], where 10 players were involved, that I was not satisfied.

“The journalists who were there have heard that, and it’s also perfectly okay to write about it, but the sentence was not just about Mario, [that’s] a big difference.”

The performances of Gotze, and fellow summer signing Andre Schurrle has left a lot to be desired with both yet to score in the league, but Tuchel refrained from offering a concrete explanation for their struggles.

“There is no one reason for this [their struggle for consistency]. Both of them have arrived late then came to a new team,” he said.

“Andre Schurrle started well but then he was injured for four weeks, and Mario had hoped that he would adjust quickly in a familiar environment.

“We hoped that they could get a quick start, but we also planned that it could take a long time.

“Expectations are very high for both of them [but] they have our confidence as long as they continue to give it their all.”

Neither of the German internationals have featured in the last two league games, but will be hoping to be considered for selection when Dortmund play Hoffenheim on Friday.