Dortmund Boss: Aubameyang's Body Language Was Poor

Andre Schurrle insists Borussia Dortmund will show their superiority to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals despite a last-16 first-leg loss to Benfica.

The Germans tormented opposing defences and finished above European champions Real Madrid in Group F after setting a new group-stage goals record, but they have failed to reproduce their best form domestically.

Last year's Bundesliga runners up looked sluggish in a deserved defeat to basement club Darmstadt on Saturday and, with any title aspirations seemingly gone, Tuchel admitted that a certain lethargy and complacency had crept in to his team in the league.

"Aubameyang is not fully fit after the African Nations Cup", Tuchel said via UEFA.com. "We will be playing in our stadium, where we're always capable of getting a good result".

Konstantinos Mitroglou scored with Benfica's only effort on target to steal a 1-0 in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie at Estadio da Luz.

The hosts had to soak up plenty of pressure but Fejsa nearly undid their good work when he failed to shepherd the ball out under pressure from Raphael Guerreiro, who stole in to roll a pass across the face of a vacant goal and agonisingly out of Aubameyang's reach. Expect a quality goal from each.




Benfica have reached the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second season in a row - this hadn't happened before for the Lisbon side.

"Jonas is in the squad but he's at the limit and will have his difficulties trying to make the game".

"That's only possible in football, to play this well and to still lose", Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said.

The 19-year-old now has one goal and three assists in all competitions for Dortmund this season since joining from Nordsjaelland on a five-year deal over the summer.

"Even though I am very disappointed, I am proud of how we presented ourselves. We have to be at our best", said Jimenez, while Peru global Andre Carrillo was confident Benfica's home support would provide a considerable boost to Rui Vitoria's side.

The second leg in Germany is scheduled for 8 March.

 
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