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DORTMUND HOPEFUL OF SEMI FINAL QUALIFICATION

After narrowly losing 2:1 to Manchester City last night at the Etihad Stadium, Borussia Dortmund believes they can still qualify for the semi-final of the Champions League after their narrow away defeat in the first leg.

Marco Rues, Dortmund’s captain said this after the match “It is brutally annoying that we conceded a goal like that right at the end, now we have to win the second leg,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus.

“It’s very bitter for us, but everything is still open and we believe we can progress.”

“Of course, it was a different game than in the Bundesliga.

“We played at a very high tactical level throughout.

“Manchester City had a lot of possession, but we stayed calm and waited for our chances.”

Mats Hummels, Dortmund’s defender admitted, “we gave away a very good result”, but we still “have a good chance in the second leg”.

Dortmund had a first-half goal by Jude Bellingham ruled out when the England midfielder fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty net just before half-time.

Dortmund Caretaker Coach Edin Terzic said this about the disallowed goal “I would have liked the referee to let the scene for the disallowed goal play out and look at it afterwards,”

“It’s brutally annoying, but that’s football.”

“It’s now about scoring one more goal than Manchester City in the second leg,”

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola admitted that his team “felt the pressure” of expectations in the Champions League having failed to get past the quarter-finals in each of his four previous seasons in charge. He hopes to do better this time around.

Pep said “I asked the players to win the game. We did it and now we go to Dortmund not to defend,” he added. “We’ll adjust our pressing, adjust our buildup and play 90 minutes to try and reach the semifinal.”

 

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