Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 defeat at home to rivals FC Schalke 04 in last week’s Revierderby may have left fans with a sour taste in the mouth, but their side more than made up for it against Real Madrid on Wednesday.

The Yellow-Blacks put their stuttering league form to one side to record a sensational victory over the Spanish giants in the UEFA Champions League, leaving supporters basking in the glory of beating the nine-time European champions.

A 2-1 win was secured thanks to a stoic rearguard action, typified by a masterful display from central defender Neven Subotic. The Serbian international was instrumental in shutting out Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. in the second half, protecting his side’s narrow lead to record a famous triumph. Immediately after the game, the 23-year-old revealed his immense pride at the team’s achievement.

Question: Neven Subotic, a remarkable match and a remarkable result...

Subotic: Of course. It was hard work but I’m really proud of the whole team. For us as players it was something very special to line up against a side like that. Real were here a few years ago for a friendly game, but to play them in the Champions League is something totally different. To win and get three points is just an amazing feeling. It was a dream come true for me.

Question: It’s a shame, really, that the reward is just three points...

Subotic: It feels a lot more than three points. I think we’ve won a massive amount of respect with this result. We’ve shown everyone, and ourselves, that the performance we showed in Manchester wasn’t a one-off and that we can definitely hold our own at this level.

Question: Was the fact that the team covered so much ground the key to winning the game?

Subotic: Our objective is always to be competitive. That isn’t easy against a team like Madrid [because] they have such intelligent players. We had to do that extra bit of running, but that isn’t a problem for us. It was those extra yards that made the difference. We ran more than they did, quicker than they did, were strong in the challenges and forced them into making mistakes.

Question: The way Dortmund competed was in marked contrast to the performance against Schalke last Saturday...

Subotic: In the Schalke game we didn’t compete properly. We stood off them too much and were always a step behind them. Here it was a different story, though. This time we won more tackles, played with the right amount of aggression and made life difficult for them. They’re used to pressure, but not the type that we put them under.

Question: Dortmund played with discipline but also a lot of courage...

Subotic: We pushed them back and didn’t let them play like they wanted to. They definitely thought before the game that we would approach it defensively, but we defended by attacking them and we managed to create some good chances.

Question: You now sit top of the group after three of the six games. How would you summarise the campaign so far?

Subotic: The time to look back is when we've played all six matches. If I were to analyse this game, then I’d say we just played some very good football. If we continue to play like that, with the same willingness to run and the same competitive approach, then we’ll make it difficult for any team. There’s hardly a side in Europe better than Real Madrid. They had all their big players playing, like Ronaldo, Mesut Özil and Xabi Alonso. But we showed that we can compete on the same level as them.

Question: What can BVB achieve this season? Surely if a team can beat Real Madrid, they can reach the semi-final or even the final?

Subotic: If we carry on playing like that, absolutely, but we aren’t thinking that far ahead. The only thing that counts right now is this game and this result. We worked hard for this victory and can now allow ourselves to smile again.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Dortmund