London - Had it been Borussia Dortmund with their hands on the coveted European crown come full time at Wembley on Saturday, goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller may well have returned to the Ruhr as the 2013 UEFA Champions League final man of the match.

Helpless to prevent goals from FC Bayern duo Mario Mandzukic and Arjen Robben, the 32-year-old custodian nevertheless put in a stellar evening's work on arguably the biggest night of his career.

After the game, the BVB custodian addressed his emotions, the reasons behind the defeat and the battle ahead next season.

Question: What did you feel at the final whistle - disappointment or pride?

Weidenfeller: Of course, the disappointment is immense. We all wanted nothing more than to get our hands on the Cup. For the first 30 minutes, we played really well. Unfortunately we could't get the goal that would have really helped us, but we gave as good as we got against Bayern and we can look back on a successful season with pride.

Question: What was missing against FC Bayern compared to previous games?

Weidenfeller: I'm not sure something was missing. Simply put, we just didn't win the game. It's sad for us because we've played brilliantly in the Champions League and in the final.

Question: What was it like for you to play in the final?

Weidenfeller: It was absolutely extraordinary and something really special. As one of the older players, I don't know if I'll get the chance to play in the final again. At the same time, anything can happen. Real Madrid have had an exceptional squad these last few years without making the final.

Question: Could the winning goal have been prevented?

Weidenfeller: That's hard to say, but it's a shame that in the end a small lapse in concentration contributed to the defeat. Still, we threw everything at it and put our all into winning the game. It just wasn't to be. We have to live with that. Now we've got to do it all again next season.