Sporting CP - Dortmund

Europe: Champions League
Sporting CP P. Gonçalves (30), P. Gonçalves (39), X P. Gonçalves (Pen. 81), P. Porro (81)
Estádio José Alvalade3-1
Dortmund E. Can (74), D. Malen (90)

Marco Rose: "That's a massive blow"

By Rune Gjerulff

Getting knocked out of the Champions League is "a massive blow" for Dortmund, concedes head coach Marco Rose.

Marco Rose.
Marco Rose.Photo: Borussia Dortmund/OneFootball

Borussia Dortmund were eliminated from the Champions League last night as they fell to disappointing 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sporting CP.

Speaking in a post-match interview, Dortmund coach Marco Rose admitted that his side's elimination is a "massive blow".

"It's a horrible defeat. Our aim was to be in all three competitions next year. Now we've been knocked out of the Champions League. That's a massive blow," said Rose.

"It's simple to say but if we couldn't be more uncompromising and couldn't play with more conviction then the defeat was deserved. We gave so little away, but at the same time it's too easy for opponents to score against us. Tonight our opponents were more uncompromising and clinical than we were."

Dortmund were without a number of key players, with the likes of Erling Haaland, Mats Hummels and Rafael Guerreiro all missing out, but Rose refused to blame the defeat on injuries.

"This isn't the time to talk about injuries or whose missing. We came here to win and to reach the knockout stages. We created more pressure with 10 men than we did with 11. I expect that from the first whistle. We now have to work on being more uncompromising and clinical," said the BVB coach.

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25Gonçalo Bernardo Inácio
4Sebastián Coates (C)
3Zouhair Feddal
24Pedro Porro ↩88
6João Palhinha
8Matheus Luiz Nunes
2Matheus Reis ↩67
28Pedro Gonçalves X ↩88
17Pablo Sarabia ↩67
21Paulinho ↩82
22André Filipe Eusébio Paulo
31João Virginia
7Bruno Tabata
19Tiago Barreiros de Melo Tomás ↪82
47Ricardo Esgaio ↪67
71Flávio Basilua Jacinto Nazinho ↪88
11Nuno Santos ↪67
15Manuel Ugarte ↪88
68Daniel Bragança
1Gregor Kobel
24Thomas Meunier
16Manuel Akanji
34Marin Pongracic ↩66
14Nico Schulz ↩46
22Jude Bellingham
28Axel Witsel ↩66
11Marco Reus (C)
20Reinier ↩66
19Julian Brandt
21Donyell Malen
31Silas Ostrzinski
35Marwin Hitz
27Steffen Tigges ↪66
36Ansgar Knauff
5Dan-Axel Zagadou ↪66
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↪66
23Emre Can ↪46
30Felix Passlack

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