Thomas Tuchel says he wants to build upon the foundations laid by Jurgen Klopp’s during his spell atBorussia Dortmund and take the team back to the top of the Bundesliga.
The 47-year-old stood aside following a successful seven-year stint at the Westfalenstadion and was replaced by his fellow former Mainz boss
Tuchel has praised the coach who led BVB to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final and feels that all the ingredients for a memorable period in the club’s history are in place.
“Jurgen Klopp had seven unbelievably successful seasons here. We will now try to create a new chapter at a high level,” he said at his unveiling.
“Klopp created a great foundation. We must build on that. I have a great desire to build and create my own image here.
“I’m overjoyed to be officially presented as Dortmund coach. I wanted to coach a top, traditional Bundesliga club.
“Dortmund are at the forefront of the German game but we have some ground to make up on the other teams and that is a challenge.
“It’s extremely important that we rise to the challenge of making up that ground. It’s about hard work, courage and tenacity. The top four need to constantly feel our presence
“I want an atmosphere that is characterised by hard work, dedication and free of egoism. I know I can rely on and trust this club. That was an important factor in why I came here.
“There is a style of football here which is based on attacking and dominating play. I’m looking forward to seeing that.”