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Dortmund coach plays down rumours as Jose Mourinho spotted at game
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich had to settle for a scoreless draw with Bayer Leverkusen.

BORUSSIA DORTMUND COACH Thomas Tuchel insists he is not worried about losing his job to Jose Mourinho after the former Chelsea manager attended Saturday’s scoreless draw with Hertha Berlin.

Mourinho was spotted at the Olympiastadion as Dortmund took on Hertha in the Bundesliga, leading to questions over the reason behind the Portuguese’s visit.

Tuchel saw no reason for concern, though, and explained Mourinho was invited by chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke to watch Dortmund in action.

“No, I did not know Mourinho attended the game. This is not okay. Watzke is sitting next to another coach…,” Tuchel said.

“No, I am just joking. Of course, I knew he would be there. It’s not a problem for me.

I would not be okay with it if he would replace me as Dortmund coach next week, though!”

Tuchel took charge of Dortmund ahead of the 2015-16 campaign and has guided them to 14 wins from 20 Bundesliga games as they sit second in the table, eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Dortmund meet Stuttgart on Tuesday in the DFB-Pokal, while Porto await in the Europa League on 18 February.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich had to settle for a scoreless draw with Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena as Thomas Muller missed two gilt-edged chances to secure three points.

The Germany international started the match from the bench, but came on for Arjen Robben on the hour mark and got two huge chances to break the deadlock within 10 minutes of his entrance.

Muller first volleyed over the crossbar after being set up by Kingsley Coman, only to then fire wide a few minutes later after some good work from Douglas Costa.

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Leverkusen had done well to keep the reigning champions quiet until Muller’s arrival, with Roger Schmidt’s tactical plan to press Bayern high up the pitch causing them all kinds of trouble.

The hosts did not create many chances themselves, though, with only Hakan Calhanoglu really coming close on two occasions after the break.

There was a late red card for Xabi Alonso when he got his second yellow for a foul on Javier Hernandez, but the Spaniard’s dismissal did not affect the outcome of the game.

Bayern remain eight points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.

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