Dortmund - Despite bagging his first brace in the UEFA Champions League to hand his side a 2-0 win over Real Madrid CF, Marco Reus personified the disappointment felt by the Borussia Dortmund faithful after their side fell at the quarter-final stage of Europe’s premier club competition.

It came as no surprise, therefore, that the German international was struggling to revel in BVB’s impassioned and exemplary performance at the Signal Iduna Park. “The fact is that we're out,” conceded the 24-year-old.

Reus mutated into Real Madrid’s worst nightmare over the 90 minutes. Not only did he convert two of his three chances in front of goal, but he also proved a constant menace with his pressing off the ball and his technical ability on it. Had Henrikh Mkhitaryan not hit the post in the 66th minute, the Dortmund native would have had an assist to his name as well. After the game a disappointed Reus discussed missed chances, a gulf in class and the measure of pride that Dortmund restored after a performance, which reminded everyone that, on their day, BVB are capable of beating the best in the world.

Question: Marco Reus, how are you feeling right now?

Marco Reus: You compete in the UEFA Champions League to get into the next round. We didn’t achieve that tonight and therefore disappointment is the overriding emotion. This game had everything. We had a handful of golden opportunities in the second half. With a little more luck on our side Micki
[Henrikh Mkhitaryan] might have scored. It’s a shame, but the fact is that we're out.

Question: From your perspective, why was even a performance as incredible as this not enough?

Reus: We weren’t clinical in finishing our chances. That meant we didn’t score enough and when that happens in the Champions League you get knocked out. That's the only reason. We gave absolutely everything and put in a world-class performance.

Question: Dortmund dominated Real especially in the first half.

Reus: For 80 minutes we had complete control over them. They only started creating chances in the final few minutes when we had to open up looking for a winner, but you could almost say there was a gulf in class after the way we played in the first half. We were brilliant. Our gameplan was working to perfection and Real didn’t have a clue what to do about it. That was exactly what we had hoped for.

Question: At what point did you truly start believing that a semi-final berth would be possible?

Reus: Honestly, that feeling was there from the minute the final whistle in the first leg. We were well beaten in Madrid, but we knew that we weren’t dead in the water at that point. We always believed we could turn the tie around and we took that belief into the second leg. After we made it 2-0 on the night, we obviously believed a whole lot more. That spurred us on, but in the closing stages we were running on empty and we still needed that all-important third goal, which would have at least sent the game into extra time.

Question: What did you make of the atmosphere inside the stadium?

Reus: Our fans were absolutely world class and they lifted us throughout the entire tie. It was unbelievable. It was just a fantastic atmosphere.

Question: What conclusions can you draw from this Champions league campaign now that it has come to an end?

Reus: Our performance in the second leg against Madrid has again underlined this team's potential. We can be incredibly proud of that. We can't complain about not having had the players that have been injured for so long. It was like that before the quarter-finals and it was up to us to overcome that, but unfortunately we blew it in the first leg.

Question: Is the first leg still frustrating to look back on?

Reus: We’ve shown that Real Madrid are beatable. It’s just a shame that we didn't score in the first game. Ultimately that's the main reason we haven't been able to reach our target over the two legs, but we’re the ones who are responsible for that.

Question: It’s clear that your disappointment outweighs any positives you can take from the tie. When will we see BVB's pride fully return on the pitch?

Reus: If you consider how many injuries we’re coping with and how well every individual played, it makes me very proud to be a part of this team. Obviously that's outweighed by the disappointment by not reaching the semis, though. We were so close and had so many chances. Give us a couple of days and we’ll be able to look back upon what we’ve achieved with a lot of pride.

Interview by Dietmar Nolte