Borussia Dortmund 4 Real Madrid 1: We just didn’t perform – Mourinho
Borussia Dortmund 4 Real Madrid 1: Jose Mourinho makes no excuses after watching his side undone by Robert Lewandowski
Jose Mourinho was in no mood to make excuses after watching his Real Madrid side undone by Robert Lewandowski’s stunning four-goal haul as Borussia Dortmund took a giant stride towards the Champions League final.
The Poland striker produced an attacking masterclass in Germany as the Bundesliga side blew away their La Liga opposition, leaving Mourinho’s men with a mountain to climb ahead of next Tuesday’s semi-final second leg at the Bernabeu.
“I think they were the best team by far,” Mourniho conceded. “They won every individual battle on the pitch and they were stronger than us.
“They were more aggressive physically and mentally and so I think they deserve it.
“When I lose and I don’t deserve to lose for me, it’s a drama. When I lose and I deserve to lose, for me it’s a situation that I accept.
“We prepared so well; we were ready for everything and we were very confident about the work we did. But many of the boys didn’t perform and didn’t have a good night.
“It’s exactly when you cannot make mistakes because at club level this is the second most important match in world football – the most important is the Champions League final.
“So when you don’t perform on a very special day, it’s very disappointing.”
Lewandowski prodded Dortmund into the lead in the eighth minute when he turned home Mario Gotze’s cross, but Cristiano Ronaldo levelled on the stroke of half-time.
However, a 17-minute second-half hat-trick from the Polish forward ensured that the Bundesliga triumphed over La Liga for the second night running after Bayern Munich’s 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona on Tuesday.
“How did it go from 1-1 to 4-1? I don’t know,” continued Mourinho, who insisted that his side were fully briefed about the threat of Lewandowski.
“Everything happened in a very short space of time but it looks to me again that we lost easy possession and we couldn’t cope with their counter-attack.
“When we know absolutely everything about Lewandowski – we studied every detail possible – it’s of course very disappointing.
“Of course the boy deserves credit for what he did but we gave him a big support for him to be the man of the match.”
But the Portuguese coach insists that his side, who can progress with a 3-0 win next week, still have a chance of clawing their way back into the tie and booking their place in next month’s final at Wembley.
“We can turn it around,” he added. “It’s of course very difficult. In football anything can happen and in a crazy night when everybody performs at a high level, of course we can.”