Schalke snatched a draw that felt more like a win from the jaws of defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13. - © © gettyimages / Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images
Schalke snatched a draw that felt more like a win from the jaws of defeat against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13. - © © gettyimages / Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images

Schalke's Amine Harit: "This derby will go down in history!"

Despair, disbelief and everything in-between: emotions were running high after Schalke hit back from four goals down to draw 4-4 with Borussia Dortmund in an unforgettable Revierderby on Saturday. rounds up the post-match reaction from both sides of the Ruhr district divide…

Amine Harit (Schalke midfielder): "I'm delighted. This derby will go down in history! It was an unbelievable comeback that no one saw coming. My calf feels a little better now. It was painful at the time and the last ten minutes were tough, but I wanted to stay on the pitch to help the team. I can't begin to describe how it felt when Naldo made it 4-4. It was like I was dreaming. I'd like to thank the fans, who got right behind us even when we were 4-0 down. Nobody thought we could pull it back, so it feels more like a win."

Leon Goretzka (Schalke midfielder): "Obviously we're a lot happier with the draw than BVB. We've shown in the last games what a great team we are and that we're capable of achieving big things. The first goal restored our belief. At 4-2 and following Dortmund's sending off, we rallied. We had all the momentum. If the game had continued for another five minutes, I think we'd have scored a fifth. I'd lost my voice by the end of it. Hats off to the team and fans. We gave it everything and got what we deserved.

Watch: More from Leon Goretzka on Schalke's incredible comeback

Naldo (Schalke defender): "To come back in the derby like that… I'm 35 and have never experienced anything like that in my entire career. Our performance in the second half was unbelievable. We created chance after chance. At half-time, the coach told us to block out everything and start the second half like it was a new game. BVB scored with every chance in the first half, but we approached the second half like it was 0-0. After the first goal, Dortmund went into their shell. The next thing you know, it's 4-4! It was crazy, I'll never forget it. I'm so proud of the team!"

Domenico Tedesco (Schalke head coach): "If I'm honest, I didn't think we'd get anything from the game after our first-half performance - so it tastes even sweeter. Our football in the second half was sensational and I can only praise the players for that. Dortmund seemed to score with every effort on goal. To recover as we did was really impressive. Being 4-0 down in an atmosphere like this is like hell. We didn't expect Dortmund to line up as they did. It was a clever strategy on their part, so we made a couple of changes. At half-time, we set out to win the second half. To then get a point is unbelievable. I'm very proud of the team."

Watch: Tedesco's tactical masterclass

Peter Bosz (Dortmund head coach): "It's hard to analyse a game like that, I'm so disappointed. Something like this shouldn't happen when you're leading 4-0. We made the most of our opportunities in the first half, but then we stopped playing football after the break. We conceded possession too easily and didn't exploit the gaps Schalke left. The goals we conceded were all too easy. Now it's up to me to pick the players back up. We need to stamp out the uncertainties. I'm a fighter. I was as a player and I'm the same as a coach. I don't give up."

Watch: Nuri Sahin laments Dortmund's second-half collapse

Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund goalkeeper): "We fell apart and didn't play anywhere near as well in the second half as we did in the first. Every player, me included, has to ask himself if he gave it his everything. To be 4-0 up and not win - that shouldn't happen. We threw it away and Schalke took full advantage. They deserved the point."

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