Borussia Dortmund were held to a draw away to APOEL in the Champions League. Here are the post-match quotes of the disappointing result.
Peter Bosz: “The result is disappointing. We started well, but we didn’t score. We didn’t move the ball out of the back quickly enough. We wanted to improve that in the second half but we failed. In the end, we were lucky that we got a draw. In such a game it is important to score the first goal. We had the chance to do that in the first half but all our shots were off target. We have to beat Nicosia at home and then see what we can do from there.”
“Roman [Bürki] helped the team a lot of times this season. It happens in football. The team won’t reproach him for his blunder.”
Marcel Schmelzer: “We’re rightfully disappointed. It was our aim to win. The first half was OK but in the second half, it was just wild. We allowed too many unnecessary counter-attacks and did not create any chances. We had the biggest chance in the last minute, with a bit of luck we’ll even win the game. But we did not exude calmness but headlessly ran forward on all positions instead.
This mustn’t happen — especially in the Champions League, where this will get punished. We have to be more patient, be calmer, and secure our attacks better.
Roman [Bürki] has a lot of quality with the ball at his feet. On a better pitch, the ball would have arrived. The mishap isn’t a problem for him. The biggest problem was that we didn’t create any chances. We have to show a reaction in the reverse fixture – and also in the Bundesliga on Saturday.”
Julian Weigl: “I had a very good feeling at the beginning of the match. We were dominant in our tackles, we won the second balls. But even then we failed to create big scoring opportunities.
Nicosia remained dangerous on the counter and made life tough for us, which remained a theme throughout the match. We saw a lot of the ball, our positional play was good but a few mistakes crept in.
The pitch wasn’t the best, which didn’t help but that shouldn’t be an excuse. We didn’t manage to create great scoring opportunities. It was our big aim to win but we failed. The coach showed us on the videotapes that APOEL are a good team — otherwise, they wouldn’t have qualified for the Champions League.
I believe, that we have the better team individually but today we saw that this doesn’t always help. We have to analyse the game now and then put our focus on Saturday’s match in Frankfurt.
We mustn’t let this become too big of a deal or talk about a crisis. We started well into the season and now we have to put the focus back on our strengths and get the three points in Frankfurt.
With Real Madrid and Tottenham drawing as well, it’ll be very tough for us to reach the knockout stages. You have to be realistic enough. Nevertheless, we should play to win in the last games and look forward to them. The Champions League is the best competition you can play in.
Christian Pulisic: “The disappointment is big. We wanted to win; it was a tough game. Going behind made things much harder for us. We gave all we had but only scored one goal.
Obviously, we had respect for the opponent ahead of the match but we didn’t anticipate it to be that tough. APOEL played well. Tottenham and Real Madrid drawing means that we have to win all remaining games now.”
Michael Zorc: “I’m not a dreamer but a realist. For us, it’s about securing third place [in the group] in the next weeks.”
Sources: Sky, BVB Total