The German season traditionally begins with a cup game and so it was for Tuchel at Borussia Dortmund in August 2015. His first appointment was at third-tier Chemnitzer in former East Germany, and, not wanting to start his new job with a shock loss, he understandably opted for a very strong side.
Mats Hummels, Gonzalo Castro and Ilkay Gundogan, players who would form the backbone of his side, all featured and it was two of his star attackers, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who found the net in a hard-fought win.
Tuchel continued to select very strong starting XIs in the DFB-Pokal and it paid dividends as Dortmund reached the final, brushing aside Paderborn (7-1), Augsburg (2-0), Stuttgart (3-1) and Hertha Berlin (3-0). Mkhitaryan scored in every round, accounting for five of his 23 goals that season.