Borussia Dortmund were lucky but not undeserved winners, beating Bayern Munich in their own backyard in the cup semifinal. Here are the post-match interviews.
Marco Reus: “I think we started really well, but it’s incredibly hard to play here — defending and going forward. We hardly had anything for us offensively in the first, but we managed to improve after the break. After [Bayern’s] 2-1 nobody expected us to come back except for us. We said at halftime that we have to believe in ourselves and that’s what we did. You have to believe, we wanted to go to Berlin. Bayern had the better chances in the second half, but they didn’t score.
“It was a tense match. After 65 minutes we sensed that we had enough energy left to keep this match open. We converted two counter-attacks and now we’re the ones in the final. It was a massive achievement for us today. Now we’re looking forward to the final against Frankfurt. It was pure joy in the dressing room.”
Thomas Tuchel: “We were 2-1 behind and nearly scored the 3-1 ourselves. Then we came back and completely turned it around. We won the second half 2-0. Just awesome.
“The [4-1 loss two and a half weeks ago in the Bundesliga in Munich] was awkwardly placed between another important Bundesliga fixture [derby against Schalke] and a Champions League quarterfinal against Monaco. We had to make do without Marco Reus, Shinji Kagawa and Julian Weigl and Bayern were at full strength, so we knew beforehand that all the luck in the world couldn’t save us. We put the game behind us and said that it was necessary to gain valuable experience. We played well for 20 minutes and then completely lost the plot.
We were missing a step to successfully tackle and gave the ball away too quickly.
In the second half, we were better overall, were very lucky with Sven Bender’s last-ditch save against Arjen Robben [in the 63rd minute]. Then we gained more hold of the match with each minute passing and from the 60th minute on I thought we were playing well, although still made too many errors for my taste. But be that as it may, the match was even and we felt that we had the chance to win the match.
“We put the game behind us and said that it was necessary to gain valuable experience. We played well for 20 minutes and then completely lost the plot. We were missing a step to successfully tackle and gave the ball away too quickly. In the second half, we were better overall, were very lucky with Sven Bender’s last-ditch save against Arjen Robben [in the 63rd minute].
“Then we gained more hold of the match with each minute passing and from the 60th minute on I thought we were playing well, although still made too many errors for my taste. But be that as it may, the match was even and we felt that we had the chance to win the match.
“Then we scored two superb goals and brought it home with passionate defending. It’s a sensational feeling. We had huge luck in some situations. This win is irreplaceable for our confidence and for the development of this team.
“We don’t want just want to go Berlin this year, we want to go to Berlin to win [the cup].”
Tuchel on Dembele: “It’s not about teaching him new tricks — he has all the tools he needs. It’s more about him learning when to take risks and when it would be bad for everyone else on his teams if he loses the ball; about knowing when to make a swift change of direction and when to play it simple. For him it’s about gaining experience and getting a feeling for the situation.”
Michael Zorc: “Now we’re in the final, but we needed a lot of luck to get there today, as Bayern squandered huge goalscoring opportunities when we were trailing. A huge compliment to the team. They showed great morale in how they wrestled back after being 2-1 down here in Munich. If a team deserve that kind of luck then it’s us after the last couple of weeks.
Michael Zorc on a contract extension of Thomas Tuchel [Bild wrote that Tuchel would get contract extension if Tuchel wins cup]: “Now we’ll fly back to Dortmund and play against Cologne on Saturday.”
Tuchel’s response, seeing Zorc’s answer on the tv screen: “It would be very sad for a coach if a contract extension would hinge on a single match. I’ve got a contract for next season and we have all the time in the world for everything else.”
Roman Bürki: “A superb effort of the entire team. We showed great morale as it is not easy to win here in Munich, especially after we lost 4-1 here just about three weeks ago.”
Julian Weigl: “To win in Munich you need that extra bit of luck. I think it was important that we threw everything into this match. We always had a foot in the door and Roman [Bürki] made some important saves. We knew that we always were good for a goal, and luckily we converted our chances. In the end, nobody will care if it was deserved or not. We’re in the final and that counts.”
Sven Bender: “Mentality is always part of sport, and we showed that today. But quality was also a part of that. Naturally, we were lucky in some moments, but that belongs to such cup nights. We’re super happy that we’ve won and will play in Berlin again.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “We had the luck on our side but in the end, we converted one chance more than Bayern. It was a great spectacle for the spectators as there were big chances on both ends. You have to especially praise Manni’s awesome last-ditch save. If Bayern score a third, the game is over. A big compliment to the entire team that we’ve turned it around. But now it’s all about making it count in the final in Berlin. That’s the our goal.”
(Source: ARD, BVB.de)