- Schürrle rescues point against Real with late strike.
- Dortmund feel they could have won the match.
- Next test around the corner in Leverkusen.
He came, he saw… he hammered the ball into the roof of the net and the Signal Iduna Park erupted with joy. On as a substitute, Andre Schürrle was the man of the hour in Borussia Dortmund’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League.
Afterwards, he praised the team’s performance in a match they felt they really could have won.
Question: That was a very strong performance and a breathtaking game against the reigning champions. How did you experience it?
André Schürrle: It was a very emotional match, especially at the end. If you score a goal in the dying minutes to rescue a point against an opponent like that, then it is a great feeling. Our aim had been to win the match though but at the end of the day, we can live with a point as we had been behind. But we should have done better with several opportunities during the game.
Question: Your comeback couldn’t have gone any better after your lay off through injury…
Schürrle: I had a very good feeling in training the last few days. And of course it was fantastic to be able to come back and help the team like that. We thoroughly deserved the point and for me personally, it was a wonderful feeling.
Question: Dortmund dominated much of the game, especially in the first half where you had 63 percent possession…
Schürrle: We were adventurous, that is the most important thing. We wanted to build-up from the back and we passed the ball around well, occupying the space that opened up. On occasion, we didn’t make the right runs to really threaten but we played good football. We pinned Real Madrid back which was our aim and we can build on that.
Question: Was this match proof that Borussia Dortmund can mix it with the best teams in Europe?
Schürrle: That is what we wanted to demonstrate. We had talked about facing an opponent of the highest level in Europe in Real Madrid and that we had to remain cool, be adventurous and play our own game. That is exactly what we did. It’s amazing to see how a Julian Weigl grows in stature with crunching tackles against Benzema or James Rodriguez. That’s precisely what our young players need to gain experience at this level. It was a first test at this level for many of them. Games like this help the team improve and develop.
Question: Did this point against Madrid give you a boost for the challenges ahead?
Schürrle: It is not as though we celebrated this point wildly in the dressing room. We sat there after the game wondering if we could have got more out of the match. We thought about what we could have done better. That is a great mentality to have and it is so much fun being part of it. We are all really up for it and we can achieve a lot more.
Question: On Saturday you travel to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. How will you prepare for that match?
Schürrle: We need to recover first. With so many games at the moment, things take their toll on everyone. You haven’t got time to work on too many things in training. We will watch plenty of video analysis and prepare for the match. And then we will try and play our game in Leverkusen as well and try and threaten going forward. That worked well in the last few weeks and if we stick to our principles, we can be as successful as we have been recently.
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