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Terzic: Dortmund have made up for last season´s Bundesliga failure

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 7 May 2024

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Borussia Dortmund’s 2-0 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain made amends for last season’s disappointing Bundesliga finale, coach Edin Terzic said.

Dortmund showed great composure to reach their third Champions League final and first since 2013 after Mats Hummels’ second-half goal earned a 1-0 victory on the night in Paris on Tuesday.

Terzic went to the Dortmund fans after the game and said he felt he had to make up for last season’s failure to win the Bundesliga title after slipping up on the very last day.

“Last season, we lost the championship at home on the last matchday. I’m happy that we can now give something back to the fans,” Terzic said, remembering how Bayern Munich snatched the Bundesliga title from Dortmund on goal difference.

“[Going to the fans] was a very emotional moment, a beautiful moment. We wished it for last season’s last matchday. But today we could pay something back, keep them dreaming and now we’ll do everything to bring the trophy back home,” he said.

PSG hit the woodwork four times but failed to find the net as Kylian Mbappe, widely expected to leave at the end of the season, was a shadow of his usual brilliant self.

Dortmund will now meet either 14-time European champions Real Madrid or their Bundesliga rivals Bayern in the June 1 showdown at Wembley.

“Before the first game against PSV, we talked for the first time about how short the journey to London could be,” Terzic said.

“Back then, many were still puzzled. We’ve grown with every game and eventually realised that we could be the team that surprises everyone in the end. Now I’m very happy to be in the final with my team.”

Dortmund have played a roller-coaster Bundesliga season and sit in fifth place with two games left.

“That plays no role,” Terzic said. “In 2013 when Dortmund were in the Champions League final they were 25 points behind in the league and in 1997 when they won it they were also not doing well.

“The season had highs and lows but our season is still not finished.”

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