Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates his second goal with Erik Durm
Thursday Mar 09, 2017. 10:00
Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel says he expected Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to make amends.
The prolific striker scored a hat-trick as Dortmund hammered Portuguese giants SL Benfica 4-0 in the UEFA Champions League second-round clash second-leg clash at the Signal-Iduna Park on Wednesday night.
Aubameyang, 27, had missed glorious opportunities in the first-leg encounter as Dortmund suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at the Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica a fortnight ago.
"Auba had to do the job and he did it," Tuchel said on Daily Mail.
"You do not need to be scientific about it. You have to score as a forward and then you have a game like in Lisbon where you miss everything there is to miss," he added.
"So it is up to your team mates to help you get out of it and they delivered as well. After our early goal we sort of eased off a bit. Like we lost the plot a bit, too static.
"It was important that we started really well and scored early. We were aggressive but then we seemed to think it would just happen by itself," he continued.
"At halftime we talked about it and said we need to do more. Three goals and this ball goals to my kids."
Aubameyang, who is the German Bundesliga top goalscorer with 21 goals, has now scored seven goals in seven Champions League games this season.