By beating Sporting 2-1 at the Estadio Jose Alvalade, Borussia Dortmund claimed vital points in the Champions League group stage. Read what coaches and players had to say after the match.
…on the win: “We got away with all three points, so you could say that we did a good job. However, we allowed the match to hectic, especially towards the end. Conceding the 2-1 was unfavourably, but generally speaking, we can be happy with our performance. It was fierce contest and the three points are highly important.”
Mario Götze swapped shirts with Ezequiel Schelotto. He said about the Sporting right-back: “In the end, he left a bad impression, as he didn’t play the ball back. The same situation happened twice, which wasn’t fair play. I’m not sure what they were thinking. That is not supposed to happen.”
Sporting had a goal disallowed in the first half after Roman Bürki made contact with Bas Dost and couldn’t reach the ball. “I want to get to the ball, but can’t because of [Bas Dost]. Luckily [the referee] blew the whistle and it didn’t result in a goal,” Bürki said.
The hosts didn’t play the ball back to Dortmund after they put the ball out of play due to injured players. Bürki said about Sporting’s antics: “I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just sad. I shot the ball out of play, but they just played on even though Sokratis was still on the ground, which is sad. They created chances because of that but in the end managed to win here, which is the most important takeaway.”
…on Dortmund’s makeshift-backline: “Marc Bartra picked up an injury and Ginter had to off shortly after as well. We’re not blessed with luck right now. We really have limit injuries now and make sure that players return. Right now all three are lying on the physio’s table and are receiving treatment. I hope that it isn’t anything serious. Marc has a black eye. But we’re fighters and we had good team on the pitch tonight, which will also be the case for the next game.”
…on the win: “Winning away in Lisbon was a determinating result. It was a big step for us.”
…on his goal: “I don’t even know what I did. It happened instinctively. I’m just happy it finally worked. The last time I scored was at under 19 level. It was my first goal as a professional.”
…on Dortmund losing control in the second half: “It was to be expected that they would try to force the issue in the second half. They made it incredibly difficult for us, and we often were inches shy of making a tackle. Sporting mustered up the will to turn the match around, which is why we ended up as second winners in the tackles. But nevertheless, we threw everything into the match and were fortunate enough to get away with the victory.”
…on Sporting’s disallowed goal: “Bas Dost is clearly stepping into Roman Bürki in the 6-yard-box with the ball being anywhere near him. Roman can’t lift his arms up due to that. The referee failed to intervene a lot of times as we were fouled.”
…on the makeshift backline: “The team was insanely young and insanely inexperienced. Yet, we played the first half with such routine – we were strong, dominant and effective. We had to suffer in the first 15 minutes of the second half, as we lost our way. Sporting increased the risk. It felt similar to the match in Wolfsburg, as the structure was sacrificed. They have a lot of technically gifted players.”
“We managed to calm the match, but gave it out of our hands by committing two cheap errors after the hour mark. The atmosphere in the stadium came back to live after Sporting pulled one back. It was incredibly loud.”
…on the substitutions: “Due to the shortage of options, anyone could have picked the substitutes. But you could sense from the sidelines that my men were determined to hold on to the win under all circumstances. I’m happy for them from the bottom of my heart today after they threw everything they had into the match. Maybe a slight bit of luck was necessary, but we still deserved to take all three points.”
…on Julian Weigl: “Since I’m his coach, he scored once. That was in the final training before the match in Thessaloniki in the Euro League group stages. We captured it on video and was so special that we still remember it until today.”
…on Raphael Guerreiro: “He makes everyone around him better. He solves problems for us. An extraordinary personality.”