Borussia Dortmund failed to advance to the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League in stunning fashion, losing 4-3 to Liverpool on Thursday evening.
Here’s what the head coach and players had to say after the disappointing game (sources: BVB.de, Sport1, Sky):
Match report – find our comprehensive match report here
Thomas Tuchel: “A lot of things worked today, actually. Liverpool had to take risks because of our early goals. We could’ve gone up by three a number of times. A 3-0 would’ve put the game to bed in all likelihood. Thus, Liverpool were always in the game. We lacked confidence and presence to calm the game down after the 2-3. At some point, our opponents were completely emotionalised. At the end, we concede a lucky punch. Shit happens.”
Tuchel (on the effects of the loss): “At the moment we have to honestly concede that we didn’t reach our big goal of advancing. Our aspirations are too high to just wipe off this loss. The interesting part will be to see, how we handle this situation as a group, how much energy it will take and whether we’ll manage to convert our disappointment until Wednesday against Berlin [in the DFB-Pokal], at the latest. That’s a part of the sport. There are no games without losses and losers. These are lessons that belong to the sport.”
Mats Hummels: „When we scored to make it 3-1 we thought we were through. We stopped defending aggressively. We suddenly got the jitters. We gave it away today. Liverpool would never have come back if we would have continued to play our socks off after we scored the 3-1. We should have made the opponent chase the ball. Instead we just lost touch too often in defence. We just can’t concede goals like that, that was too easy for them. I really thought this was our most realistic chance of silverware this season. The disappointment is huge.”
Marco Reus: „I’m struggling to put the game into words. We played well in the first half, we took the lead early on. We did not defend well anymore in the second half. It was obvious that Liverpool would come back at us again. We scored to make it 3-1 and we should be able to finish the game off with that. You just can’t describe it: we cannot perform as we did in the second half. We have to ask ourselves the question how you can give a game away like that. We will have to see what this means for the future. Getting knocked out is extremely bitter.”