Borussia Dortmund consider they will nonetheless knock Manchester Metropolis out of the Champions League after their slender away defeat within the first leg means there may be all to play for in subsequent Wednesday’s quarter-final return leg.
Dortmund disregarded poor Bundesliga type to return inside a whisker of a draw on the Etihad Stadium till Phil Foden’s last-gasp objective sealed a 2-1 first-leg win for Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis.
“It’s brutally annoying that we conceded a objective like that proper on the finish, now we’ve got to win the second leg,” mentioned Dortmund captain Marco Reus, who had equalised six minutes from the ultimate whistle to cancel out Kevin de Bruyne’s first-half objective.
“It’s totally bitter for us, however every part remains to be open and we consider we will progress.”
Guardiola admitted the Premier League leaders “felt the stress” of expectations within the Champions League having did not get previous the quarter-finals in every of his 4 earlier seasons in cost.
In distinction, Dortmund threw off the shackles of inconsistent Bundesliga type which has left them fifth within the desk and, extra worryingly, seven factors from the Champions League locations subsequent season.
“In fact, it was a unique recreation than within the Bundesliga,” mentioned Reus.
“We performed at a really excessive tactical degree all through.
“Manchester Metropolis had plenty of possession, however we stayed calm and waited for our possibilities.”
Nevertheless, as defender Mats Hummels admitted, “we gave away an excellent outcome”, however nonetheless “have an excellent probability within the second leg”.
Amid off-field hypothesis about his future, Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland failed to attain for his fifth straight match for membership and nation, however his sensible reverse ball arrange Reus for what could possibly be a vital away objective.
Dortmund additionally had a first-half objective by Jude Bellingham considerably harshly dominated out when the England midfielder was judged to have fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty web simply earlier than half-time.
The VAR couldn’t intervene as referee Ovidiu Hategan had blown earlier than Bellingham rolled the ball residence.
“I’d have favored the referee to let the scene for the disallowed objective play out and have a look at it afterwards,” mentioned Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic.
“It is brutally annoying, however that is soccer.”
Dortmund have a tough away match on Saturday at Stuttgart, who romped to a 5-1 win at Sign Iduna Park when the edges met final December, earlier than internet hosting the Premier League leaders within the return.
“It is now about scoring yet one more objective than Manchester Metropolis within the second leg,” added Terzic with both Paris Saint-Germain or holders Bayern Munich awaiting the winners within the semi-finals.