The draw in Nyon has paired Borussia Dortmund with Spanish giants Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Here are some reactions from the BVB camp.
Hans-Joachim Watzke (chairman of the management board): “Again Real Madrid – I would have liked another draw for a change. It was already clear that we would need to overcome a high hurdle in the quarter-finals. Now it’s probably the highest there is in European football. We will go into the games against Real with a positive mind-set. Borussia Dortmund are extremely proud, despite our never-ending injury problems and our relatively small economic resources, to be among the best eight teams in Europe again for the second year running. This is already an outstanding achievement, and we hope of course to get further.”
Michael Zorc (sporting director): “Real Madrid are an extremely difficult task. We played them four times last season. We won two, drew one and lost the second leg of the semi-final, but still advanced. Maybe that’s still in the back of the minds. The set-up is, of course, different to the one in 2012/13. Real are even stronger this season, have signed, among others, Gareth Bale and they are the league leaders in Spain. Unfortunately, we have a lot of injured players, and Robert Lewandowski will miss the first leg as well. It’s good that we play away first. It’s going to be two football feasts that we are looking forward to.”
Jürgen Klopp (head coach): “This is a good draw. If you qualify for the last eight teams in Europe on a continuous basis, it’s likely that one pairing is drawn more often than others – as in this case. It’s going to be two games with an extremely cool atmosphere. We are thrilled by this challenge and will try to take that little chance we have. It’s an advantage that we play in Madrid first. We are not prepared to raise the white flag yet.”
Sebastian Kehl (captain): “Real are of course a tough draw. The Spaniards have something to make up for against us. They are even a bit stronger this season and will go into the game fully focussed. It’s a small advantage to play in Madrid first. But it is quite clear that there are no easy opponents at this stage.”