After the game against Real Madrid, the players and the coach of Borussia Dortmund struggled to put their feelings into words. “You feel a bit strange after a match like this,” said Oliver Kirch, adding, “We could not have done more. We won, but we are still eliminated.” Jürgen Klopp stressed that he is “incredibly proud” to be a part of this team, echoing a sentiment expressed by the injured Neven Subotic. Here are some of the post-match reactions.
Jürgen Klopp: “Neven Subotic, who I high-fived after the final whistle, told me how proud he was to be part of this team. This is absolutely true and exactly how I see it as well. A game like this should be conserved, it was unbelievable how well the lads played tonight. You could tell from the off that they wanted to go through. We stuck to our game plan one hundred percent, but unfortunately we were still eliminated. That’s how the competition goes. We should have scored in the first leg, but we knew we would get a chance. But let me make one thing clear: this game was so good that there is absolutely no-one to blame for not qualifying. The lads gave their all, and the atmosphere was awesome, too. We have not always made it easy for our fans this season, but today we did. And what we got back from them was extraordinary.”
Oliver Kirch: “You feel a bit strange after a match like this. We really put in a great performance! We could not have done more. We won, but we are still eliminated. We knew after the first half that we could, with Real getting nervous, score four or five goals. Unfortunately, we were unable to convert our chances.”
Mats Hummels: “This was a night we won’t forget anytime soon. We had a couple of chances for a third goal and came so close to clinching one of the biggest upsets in football. In the end, it was ‘just’ a great night on which we showed what we are capable of. The fans were also phenomenal, it was almost impossible to talk to each other on the pitch in the first half because it was so loud. It was one of best atmospheres I have ever played in.”
Carlo Ancelotti: “We're very happy to reach the semis, but we are not happy about our performance. We didn’t play the way we wanted to play. We should have put the game to bed with the penalty at the start of the match. Overall, we struggled to get into the game, and played too slow. Borussia put some real pressure on us after the two goals, and we went close to being eliminated.”