Borussia Dortmund were the far better team in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League round-of-16 tie with Benfica, but poor finishing and bad luck saw them defeated by the Portuguese champions, 1-0. Here’s what head coach Thomas Tuchel and some of his players had to say after the match (sources: Sky, BVB, Ruhr Nachrichten, UEFA).
Thomas Tuchel: “Shit happens. We were so, so good. We conceded from the only shot of the second half. It felt like we weren’t really there after intermission, we switched off for three minutes and gave the ball away. But I can’t blame anyone. Only in football can you dominate a match completely and still come away with a loss. This is a very difficult result for us. I am disappointed but at the same time immensely proud about our performance.”
Tuchel on his team’s finishing woes: “I think (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang expects himself to score from those chances he missed today. We need to be clinical to make it through. We can’t do more than getting those high-percentage opportunities.
Julian Weigl: “We completely had the game in our hands, we should’ve won 2-0, 3-1, something like that. We did very, very well today. I was convinced we would score one until the end. I almost don’t know what to say.
Andre Schürrle: “We had some good chances but things didn’t work out. We should’ve won the game with the penalty. But days like this one happen sometimes. We still have the second leg to come and we’re good enough to make it through.”
Roman Bürki: “Of course it’s incredibly bitter when you think of our many chances. We should at least have scored an away goal today. The ball didn’t want to go in today, but it’s important that we kept playing and didn’t lose our heads. I’m convinced we can decide the tie for us at home in the second leg.”
Sokratis Papastathopoulos: “Of 10 games going like this we win nine-and-a-half. I’m 100 per cent positive we will make it through to the next round.”