Borussia Dortmund loss at Tottenham not sparked by hairdresser visit, says CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke
By Sky Sports News
Last Updated: 15/02/19 12:56pm
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke insists the players' focus ahead of their Champions League game at Tottenham was not disrupted by the visit of a hairdresser to the team's hotel a day before the match.
The German side were beaten 3-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie at Wembley and face an uphill task of attempting to overturn the deficit at the Westfalenstadion on March 5.
A number of first-team players are said to have had haircuts prior to the game against Spurs, leading to questions in the German media about the squad's attention on the match.
Watzke dismissed the haircuts as a reason for the loss, but admitted the pre-match activity of the squad would be reviewed.
"It certainly has no influence on a team's performance. There are sporting reasons for our defeat, and we need to analyse them," he told German newspaper, BILD.
"It's clear the defeat also leads to a critical media view of the hairdresser's visit. And that's why [sporting director] Michael Zorc and [squad manager] Sebastian Kehl will review this with the players."
Dortmund return to Bundesliga action on Monday night when they travel to FC Nurnberg as they attempt to build on their five-point lead at the top of the table.