Madrid - Nuri Sahin was one of Borussia Dortmund’s better players on a night of disappointment against Real Madrid CF on Wednesday night. The Turkish international had the most touches of the ball for BVB (87), but couldn’t stop his team from falling to a 3-0 defeat in their UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The lack of an away goal means Dortmund have it all to do if they want to reach the last four of the competition for a second season running. Speaking to bundesliga.com after the game, Sahin was understandably downbeat with Dortmund's failure to make the most of a host of presentable chances, but insisted that they are still in the tie, just.

bundesliga.com: Nuri Sahin, what went wrong for BVB here in Madrid?

Nuri Sahin: We just didn’t stick to our gameplan, there’s no getting away from it. We’d worked on so many things coming in to the game, but everything seemed to go wrong from the moment they scored the first goal.

bundesliga.com: Did the better team win, or were you undone by the individual abilities of Garth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.?

Sahin: That’s hard to say right now. The fact is that the result is the result. It’s a pretty clear-cut one, but I think we could have taken a lot more from the game. I can’t remember a match where a team had so many opportunities to hit Madrid on the counter-attack. We certainly had enough chances.

bundesliga.com: And why were they not converted into a goal?

Sahin: We just didn’t have any composure. We didn’t keep a cool head in the important moment, and in the end we didn't score an away goal. That makes the second leg really difficult for us.

bundesliga.com: Would it have been a different story with Robert Lewandowski in the team?

Sahin: Obviously we missed 'Lewy’, but it’s too easy to use that an excuse. We also missed the other guys who were injured. But everyone who played here really wanted to win as well.

bundesliga.com: What are your chances of reaching the semi-finals now?

Sahin: Obviously we have to stay realistic, but anything can still happen in the second leg.

Michael Reis reporting from Madrid

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