Dortmund told to act like champions after Europa exit
17 April 2016, 11:37
Berlin - Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel has told his
side to behave like champions despite the bitter disappointment of their
last-gasp Europa League quarter-final exit at the hands of Liverpool.
Dortmund threw away a 2-0 lead at Anfield, after early goals
by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, in Thursday's Europa
League quarter-final, second-leg, as Dejan Lovren's 91st-minute winner sealed
Liverpool's 4-3 victory.
Liverpool's manager Jurgen Klopp, Tuchel's predecessor at
Dortmund, helped inspire the Reds' dramatic comeback by evoking the spirit of
the 2005 Champions League final when Liverpool came from 3-0 down to beat AC
Milan on penalties.
But Dortmund are licking their wounds having led 3-1, 4-2 on
aggregate, with half an hour remaining before goals by Philippe Coutinho, then
Mamadou Sakho, put Liverpool level only for Lovren's dramatic winner to break
"We wanted to win like champions, now we must at least
lose like champions -- and pick ourselves up," said Tuchel after Lovren's
heart-stopping stoppage-time header.
"We don't need any sympathy or a pat on the back."
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While Liverpool prepare for their European semi-final,
Dortmund have only a Bundesliga match at home to Hamburg on Sunday to console
themselves before next Wednesday's German Cup semi-final at Hertha Berlin'
Should they beat Hertha, Bayern Munich are potential
opponents in the May 21 final as they face Werder Bremen in the other semi-final
at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday.
"No later than next Wednesday, we have to transform the
disappointment into energy and defiance in order to achieve our next major
goal," said Tuchel.
Germany winger Marco Reus, whose strike on 57 minutes had
put Dortmund 3-1 up at Anfield, admitted his side threw the game away.
"We stopped both defending and attacking well in the
second half," fumed Reus.
"Of course, we shouldn't have given the game away like
that -- it is extremely disappointing.
"We all have to ask ourselves, how we could let a game
like that run through our fingers."For
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