The official website for European football

Klopp applauds Dortmund, Semak left with regrets

Published: Wednesday 19 March 2014, 23.55CET
Borussia Dortmund "fought like wolves" according to Jürgen Klopp, reaching the quarter-finals despite losing to FC Zenit, with Sergei Semak ruing a lacklustre first leg.

This content is streamed in such a way that it is protected and available only in a Flash format. Your device seems not to be compatible with our Flash video player.

Match statistics

DortmundZenit

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)49
 
51
Total attempts12
 
10
on target8
 
7
off target4
 
3
blocked4
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners8
 
1
Offsides0
2
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
17
Passes590
 
666
completed418
 
507

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 19 March 2014, 23.55CET

Klopp applauds Dortmund, Semak left with regrets

Borussia Dortmund "fought like wolves" according to Jürgen Klopp, reaching the quarter-finals despite losing to FC Zenit, with Sergei Semak ruing a lacklustre first leg.

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund coach
Zenit have built a great team. They can play some quality football and on a good day they will cause problems for any team. Different factors saw us struggle a bit today. We made a tactical mistake for the first goal we conceded, but you can never rule out a goal by a great player like Hulk. He's difficult to defend against.

There were a few moments when we didn't communicate well enough. If we talk to each other more we can defend certain situations better. You could sense a bit of tension and a degree of nervousness.

After we scored the equaliser the match wasn't decided, but we were calmer on the ball. We've got the experience of 20 or so Champions League matches, including a final, but we could have played a lot calmer in the first half.

We had a high tempo in our game, especially on the wings. We tried to get the ball into the centre quickly and often lost it like that. Zenit were then able to counterattack quickly and they were quite bold. Given the result of the first leg, they had to take risks.

My lads deserve to be in the quarter-finals because they always fight like wolves. We have qualified for the next round where we will meet the creme de la creme of European football.

Sergei Semak, Zenit interim coach
Of course, it is always very nice to win. If we could only have played a bit better at home and achieved a better result, with such a display today we would have had a chance to qualify. It is a real shame.

I would like to sincerely thank the players for their commitment and a great display. Obviously, there were mistakes as well but this match was a very positive one. I would also like to congratulate the Borussia Dortmund players, coaches and fans. They were better than us over the two legs and deserve to go through.

Why did I choose Vyacheslav Malafeev to play in goal? We do not have any doubts about his abilities. He was ready to play, that was the main thing, and I knew that he really wanted to play [after a long break]. The decision was not about Yuri Lodygin – he is a confident keeper. We have two good goalkeepers and both need a chance. After that, the coach decides who plays.

Last updated: 07/04/14 16.30CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefachampionsleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000480/match=2011863/postmatch/quotes/index.html#klopp+praises+dortmund

  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE words, the UEFA Champions League logo and trophy and the UEFA Champions League Final logos are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.