Borussia Dortmund missed a great opportunity at the Parc des Princes according to Michael Zorc. The sporting director was visibly disappointed after the Black and Yellows crashed out of the UEFA Champions League against Paris-Saint Germain on Wednesday: “We had a good chance to make the next round. We didn’t take it.”
Zorc: “PSG didn’t have to try their hardest”
The 2-0 loss (3-2 on aggregate) was unnecessary in the eyes of the 57-year-old. Ahead of the game Zorc had warned that BVB needed to remain proactive and play with courage but all the aforementioned elements were left to be desired.
“We were far too harmless on the front foot and we made it far too easy for them to score on us,” Zorc said according to Ruhr Nachrichten, adding: “PSG didn’t have to try their hardest. It wasn’t enough from us today, too many players were out of form. Paris had more pedigree than us.”
“Neymar is a good actor”
To add insult to injury, BVB midfielder Emre Can was sent off with a straight red by English referee Anthony Taylor after the 26-year-old shoved the Brazilian to the ground in an altercation in the 89. minute.
“The red card was too harsh. We all know that Neymar is an actor. He showed that today again,” Zorc said.
Favre: “It wasn’t that bad”
Meanwhile, Dortmund coach Lucien Favre didn’t want to be too hard on his players. “We committed too many simple errors for which we were punished,” Favre told Sky after the game adding: “We shouldn’t exaggerate, it wasn’t that bad.”
Hummels: “Dortmund only had half-chances”
Centre-back Mats Hummels saw the main issue in attack, maligning a lack of penetration: “We often were near the penalty box but never really managed to put pressure on their goal. We only had three half-chances. The infamous last pass never arrived.”
The match was played in front of empty stands in an attempt to hinder the spread of the Coronavirus. “At the beginning, it was very peculiar,” the 31-year-old told Sky, adding: “it was like a friendly match. Every word, every scream is audible. But we have to arrange ourselves with these circumstances in the coming weeks. It was the same for both teams.