Madrid – They had targeted the semi-finals at the start of the season, now they have gone one better: Borussia Dortmund sealed their place in the final of the UEFA Champions League at London’s Wembley Stadium on 25 May after edging nine-time winners Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate, on the back of a 2-0 defeat at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

Leading 4-1 from the first leg, Dortmund held los Blancos at bay until the final ten minutes, when two goals from the hosts threatened to derail the Borussia party at the last.

Spurred on by their sizeble and ever-fervent travelling support, however, the Yellow-Blacks made it over the line for a thoroughly well-earned aggregate success against the side tipped by many to go all the way in the tournament this year. Polish national team captain Jakub Blaszczykowski, was an understandably happy man when he spoke with in the wake of a pulsating encounter in the Spanish capital. Jakub Blaszczykowski, is reaching the Champions League final the greatest achievement of your career so far?

Blaszczykowski: Yes of course, it's one of the best moments I’ve experienced in football and I hope there’s more to come. It was simply brilliant. Dortmund seemed to have the game well under control for the most part, until things became tense towards the end. What happened in those last few minutes?

Blaszczykowski: We knew before the game how difficult Real Madrid were going to be, and they showed that again here. Real are a team with huge potential who play excellent football. But we scored four goals in Dortmund and that made the difference in the end. Those goals sent us through and I think we deserved it. Last season’s Champions League campaign was one to forget, but the team clearly learned the right lessons from it. Are you now reaping the reward for all your hard work?

Blaszczykowski: This was our first defeat in the competition all season, and that’s sensational. We’ve played against some great clubs and got past all of them, and now we’re in the final. As I said, it’s just brilliant. And do you have a message for your fans in Poland, who’ve been supporting you from home?

Blaszczykowski: We knew we’d have great support from our fans in Poland, and that’s always a massive help. Lots of them have followed our fortunes over the past few years and really admire what we’ve achieved (laughs). Borussia Dortmund might be the most popular club around at the moment!

Interview by Michael Reis