• Turin-based club need respect, claims Borussia Dortmund boss • ‘We will try to beat them, but we should respect them’
The Borussia Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel, claimed on Friday that Juventus needed to be respect by all sides after the Italian champions claimed a dominant 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the final of the Coppa Italia on Wednesday night.
A Federico Bernardeschi strike and goals from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín delivered Juve a third straight title and Tuchel, who gave his side the best chance of beating the league champions in the Champions League quarter-final first leg in Turin, said the result was partly due to the respect they deserved.
‘I don’t see a drop of water in the Adriatic [Sea],’ Tuchel said. ‘It’s 3-0, they have an 8-point lead with six games to go. That’s what Juve need: they need respect.’
Borussia Dortmund lost their Champions League quarter-final first leg to Juventus 3-1 at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday. Photograph: Soccrates/Rex/Shutterstock
Juventus won the Coppa Italia in 2011 with a 5-0 win over Sassuolo and Tuchel said a victory would be tough to beat this time too.
‘We will try to beat them, but we should respect them and their success,” Tuchel said. “We will prepare with the same style as in the Bundesliga.”