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Hummels rues Dortmund's lack of late focus

Published: Sunday 26 May 2013
Mats Hummels feels Borussia Dortmund "started thinking about extra time" and paid the price when Arjen Robben applied a late killer blow for FC Bayern München in Saturday's final.
by Andy James
from Wembley Stadium
Published: Sunday 26 May 2013

Hummels rues Dortmund's lack of late focus

Mats Hummels feels Borussia Dortmund "started thinking about extra time" and paid the price when Arjen Robben applied a late killer blow for FC Bayern München in Saturday's final.

Mats Hummels was left to rue Borussia Dortmund's failure to get their noses in front in Saturday's UEFA Champions League final. Though Dortmund hit back swiftly after Mario Mandžukić's 60th-minute opener for FC Bayern München, Jürgen Klopp's side ultimately succumbed to Arjen Robben's late winner. Despite the bitter disappointment of losing the showpiece to their domestic rivals, BVB captain Roman Weidenfeller emphasised that his team-mates can keep their heads held high.

Mats Hummels, Dortmund defender
We're very disappointed, of course, and sad. We could have ended this Champions League campaign successfully; we were in perfect shape for this game, but we missed the opportunity to score the opening goal which would have given us even more confidence. At 1-1, I think that we started thinking about extra time, until the 90th minute came. I don't know how we let Bayern play so many long balls, and from one of them they managed to score the second goal.

In a game where both teams are playing at the same level, it is simply decided on details; a missed pass gives confidence to the other team. When everything works well in one situation, as was the case for Robben and [Franck] Ribéry, one situation actually decided the game. It didn't necessarily look as though Bayern were going to score the second goal; there was also luck involved, but in the end it was not really undeserved.

Of course, Borussia Dortmund did not have to win the Champions League [to make it a successful season]. We showed how well we can play. We want to prove it further in the coming years, and I hope we will achieve that and make it to the final again.

Roman Weidenfeller, Dortmund goalkeeper
The atmosphere is very quiet. Nobody is really speaking, which I think is normal. We are certainly very disappointed, but we can be very proud of what we have achieved and what we've shown over the whole Champions League campaign, especially tonight. We managed to play at the same level as Bayern and we even had the chance to decide the match in our favour.

Especially in the first half we were the better team, but in the second half we didn't manage to create as much. We still tried to throw everything forward, especially in the last two minutes, but now we have to take it as it is.

We have played some fantastic matches this season. We managed to come second in the Bundesliga, we unfortunately lost against Bayern in the German Cup, and finished second in the Champions League, which was a big mark made by German football, and also by us at Borussia Dortmund.

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Neven Subotić with his medal

Neven Subotić, Dortmund defender
Obviously no one is happy. I personally was thinking that I could have done something different, but we have to take it for what it is. It was a great match; it was a match of two good teams, and everyone had their chances. We had some good ones to start with, and Bayern were strong on corners. It was a very even match, and it would be wrong to say that Bayern didn't deserve to win – they were definitely a good side today.

It's kind of depressing to see how they scored that second goal. I'm not sure that Ribéry wanted to back-heel to Robben, but that's how football is. You've got to take it for what it is and learn from it. We are a young team, that's for sure, and we're going to take this as a lesson and move forward.

This would have been the top of the mountain. But we got so far, and it was a great journey up until now. It was anything but a bad performance today, so we can't really say that we didn't try and didn't run. We might have set a new running record; that's what it felt like today. We really gave it our all, but, in the end, in football sometimes luck decides the match and that's just how it is.

Tonight [we'll have] a little gathering. A bunch of people have got their families; they came to the game. I see my family once a year, so they’re here; they all joined in. [We'll] try to forget about the match, but I doubt that's going to happen! [We'll] try and make the most of the night and move on, get our heads clear and take this as a lesson to work harder next time.

Marco Reus, Dortmund forward
I feel empty. We were desperate to win the trophy, so to concede a goal in the last minute like that is hard to take. It's no good moaning about it, though. We put in a good performance but we wanted the trophy and we didn't manage it.

We didn't need another miracle today. I think everyone could see that Bayern weren't unbeatable today. They showed us the respect we deserved, as we saw in the first half, but that's that. We didn't win the cup and that's all that counts.

Last updated: 26/05/13 2.49CET

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