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Klopp content, Lucescu laments Shakhtar errors

Published: Thursday 14 February 2013
While Jürgen Klopp was "quite satisfied" with Borussia Dortmund's efforts, Mircea Lucescu felt basic mistakes proved costly as FC Shakhtar Donetsk twice lost the lead.

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Published: Thursday 14 February 2013

Klopp content, Lucescu laments Shakhtar errors

While Jürgen Klopp was "quite satisfied" with Borussia Dortmund's efforts, Mircea Lucescu felt basic mistakes proved costly as FC Shakhtar Donetsk twice lost the lead.

Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach
It's a pity that we didn't achieve our goal, which was to beat Dortmund, but quite frankly, I have to admit that the end result was fair. Our opponents once again proved they are a very organised team who are well prepared physically. They played aggressively and tried to attack whenever possible, creating a lot of problems for us. We couldn't keep the lead we had twice established and we made some errors. That is inexcusable.

At the start, we weren't very confident because we hadn't played an official game for a very long time. But after that we relaxed, and Srna's goal came at the perfect time. The last few minutes showed us that we still need to learn how to defend a result properly.

It's a 2-2 draw, but we still have some time to work and prepare [for the second leg]. We made schoolboy mistakes today and now we have to work hard. We talked a lot about set pieces while we were preparing for Dortmund, but they still used one of their big strengths to score.

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
I'm quite satisfied because this is a tough stadium to play in. My team dominated the match and we conceded goals which had nothing to do with any defensive weakness. Twice we weren't focused and perhaps we lost our rhythm at times, but we always managed to come back. The individual mistakes that cost us today won't happen again. When you fall behind twice it's very difficult to win a match. But today we saw everything, it was a very entertaining match and we are heading in the right direction.

I felt we were really strong. We don't have that much experience of playing in the UEFA Champions League, but we scored goals which got us back on track. Now it's up to Shakhtar to pass the test in Dortmund. We saw that they played a great match against Chelsea [in the group stage] and nothing is decided at this point. With regard to the result and our performance, I feel we are well equipped for the second leg.

Last updated: 15/02/13 0.10CET

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