Leipzig can do a Leicester City: Dortmund coach Tuchel
Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel believes Leipzig can emulate Leicester and win the title against the odds this season, insisting the Bundesliga newcomers are "no flash in the pan"
Referee Tobias Stieler (centre) breaks up a scuffle between Dortmund's striker Adrian Ramos and Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery during the Bundesliga match on Saturday. Pic/AFP
Berlin: Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel believes Leipzig can emulate Leicester and win the title against the odds this season, insisting the Bundesliga newcomers are "no flash in the pan". Leipzig set a new record on Friday of going through their first 11 games of their maiden Bundesliga season unbeaten.
That 3-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen also took them three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and Tuchel, whose side beat Bayern Munich 1-0 on Saturday to ensure that gap remained, can see similarities between their rise and what unfancied Leicester did in winning the Premier League last season. "Leipzig are no flash in the pan.
They are to be taken absolutely seriously. It is comparable with what happened last season in England. In England we had the phenomenon which was Leicester City. Leipzig can go exactly the same way. I am convinced of this whenever I see them play," he said.
Leipzig have already beaten Tuchel's Dortmund this season and are currently on a run of six successive wins. They head to Freiburg next Friday when they can open up a six-point advantage at the top of the standings, while they end 2016 with a trip to Bayern Munich which could well determine which of the two sides leads the way heading into 2017.
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