Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insists that Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t injured, while Jurgen Klopp feels his side let themselves down both in defence and attack on the night.
Real Madrid are half way through to avenging their defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund in the semi-final stage of the competition last year as they took control of the tie with three goals. Gareth Bale opened the scoring for the home with a well worked goal down the right, while Isco doubled their lead in the 27th minute of the match with a well-placed shot at the bottom of the net. Borussia Dortmund did look dangerous on the counter-attacks at time, but they lacked the cutting edge upfront in the absence of Robert Lewandowski. Eventually Real Madrid scored their third with Cristiano Ronaldo getting his customary Champions League goal. It was Ronaldo’s 14th goal in the Champions League this season as he equalled the record held by Lionel Messi and Jose Altafini of most number of Champions League goal in a single season.
Ronaldo’s substitution in the 80th minute of the match, with what looked like an injury at that time, caused a lot of concerns in the stands, but Carlo Ancelotti confirmed after the game that the Portuguese international is not injured and that he was taken off only as precautionary measure due to a knock in his knee.
“He was bothered a bit by his knee, we needed to defend and to avoid any risks, we’ve substituted him. It’s not a problem. He isn’t injured.
“We’ll see how it goes. At this moment we’re not concerned by the niggle.
“If it continues, naturally we’ll rest him but we’re not thinking about that because the player is calm. There’s not a problem at the moment.” – The Real Madrid manager said.
Ancelotti was delighted with his team’s performance and the win, although he feels that Dortmund can still cause them problems in the return leg.
“I’m satisfied with the score and the attitude of the team. It wasn’t an easy game but we started well. Then we slowed down and Dortmund are a very dangerous team on the break. Now we have to play in Dortmund. They use dangerous and quick counterattacks but our defence was good tonight. We also pushed up to avoid their long passes.” – Ancelotti added.
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp displayed contrasting emotions in his post-match interview. He felt that his side could have defended better during the second and the third goal, and also bemoaned lack of ‘final touch’ in his team’s attack. The Dortmund manager didn’t seem too optimistic about turning around this tie at home; although he has assured that his side will have a go.
“We practically assisted two of their goals ourselves. You can concede the first goal, that was a well-executed attack, but we made it too easy for their second and third goals. We didn’t defend the way we wanted, we left too much room and weren’t as compact as I would have liked. But we also have to understand that we played one of the best teams in the world today.
“We had a lot of chances to score and pushed forward until the final whistle. It definitely would have helped for the return leg. We’ve certainly been in better positions than being 3-0 down. A 2-0 victory in front of our home crowd is always a possibility, but that won’t be enough now since we didn’t score.
“We lacked the final touch in our attacks. We had a lot of counterattacks where we either missed the opportunity or the final ball was inaccurate. So if we are eliminated next week, it won’t just be because of our defensive showing tonight.
“I’m not going to make any type of promises for the return leg, but we want to play attractive football and win the game if possible. And if we do manage to win, we will just have to wait and see by what margin. But I’m not going to stand here and say, “We’ll blow them away.”” – The Borussia Dortmund manager said after the match.