May 25, 2013, 6:50 PM EST
Bayern Munich defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final. The postmatch reactions pretty much cover it all.
Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp began with a nice gesture acknowledging the winners, “First of all, congratulations to Bayern. You have to respect the result.” Doesn’t mean he’s happy with it, though.
Klopp refused to focus on Bayern though, instead concentrating on how tough his squad played, despite admitting they tired late. “From the 75th minute it was very hard for us after a tough season. We deserved to be in the final. That is not the most important thing, but it is important.” I think we can all agree that’s about right.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels knew that today’s loss may mark the only chance he gets to win Europe’s highest honor, “The game was really close and its very disappointing for us. We were the better team in the first 25 minutes but we missed the goal we needed. It was a tough game and this final is one of the hardest games to lose.”
On the happier side, Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, after being thrown in the air by his players, said he made a number of changes at the half. “We didn’t get into the game in the first half, so I corrected a few things at the interval. There was pressure on both teams, but we certainly felt the burden of being favourites in the first 20 minutes.” Guess we’ll never find out what he corrected!
Philipp Lahm was too excited to speak, according to John Cross of The Mirror:
Lahm rushed through mixed zone insisting he didn't want to talk. 'My English is not good enough, I am sorry,' said Lahm in perfect English.—
John Cross (@johncrossmirror) May 25, 2013
Man of the Match Arjen Robben took the time though! “There are so many emotions, especially after where we came from. Last year was such a disappointment. We’ve spoken about it: the last four years, we’ve been in the final three times. It needed to happen, but you still have to do it. I don’t know how many times I dreamed about it. To do it in the end is an unbelievable feeling.”
Robben described the entire trip through the Champions League as fantastic, “It’s unbelievable, it’s already going into the history books. The way we did it… if you beat Juventus twice and then you beat Barcelona 4-0 and 3-0 and then win the final – I don’t know what more you could wish for.”
In a nice touch, Sir Alex Ferguson presented the Man of the Match award to Robben, saying, “This is my first job since retiring. It’s a great pleasure.”
Finally, a funny moment, Mario Mandzukic lost his winner’s medal in the celebration! I’m sure he’ll get another.
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Luis Suarez absolutely carrying Liverpool … and where have we seen this before?
Dec 21, 2013, 8:31 PM EST
Victory in Morocco means Pep Guardiola’s club is the best in the world:
Dec 21, 2013, 7:41 PM EST
Chelsea has the mark, with 103 goals during the 2009-10 season:
Dec 21, 2013, 7:15 PM EST
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Dec 21, 2013, 5:40 PM EST
Leave it to the French to put a (wonderful) theatrical flourish on SKC’s triumphant campaign:
Dec 21, 2013, 5:08 PM EST
A huge day for the U.S. international and his team:
Dec 21, 2013, 4:34 PM EST
Hart’s reinstatement as starter in goal was surely among the dominant subplots today for City:
Dec 21, 2013, 4:06 PM EST
Watch a video tribute for a man “widely acknowledged as the definitive voice of British sport.”
Dec 21, 2013, 3:20 PM EST
The young American international scores No. 18 this season for Alkmaar as his sensational season continues in Holland:
Dec 21, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen dropped points, while teams at the bottom of the Bundesliga table managed to gain a few.
Dec 21, 2013, 1:50 PM EST
Watch this bizarre own goal as Kompany slices the ball over Joe Hart and into his own net:
Dec 21, 2013, 1:29 PM EST
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Dec 21, 2013, 12:58 PM EST
Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay spoke after his side lost to Liverpool, stating that, despite an ultimatum from owner Vincent Tan, he would not resign.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:26 PM EST
Baggies bounce back as fighting spirit surfaces in rambunctious battle with Hull:
Dec 21, 2013, 12:17 PM EST
Sunderland fought hard for all three points, but in the end, they remain dead last after a goalless draw with Norwich.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:13 PM EST
The Toon are on the verge of the top four after another superb victory at plucky Palace:
Dec 21, 2013, 12:04 PM EST
Villa managed to make the match interesting for about five minutes, but ultimately it was fairly easy for Stoke to get all three points.
Dec 21, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
United back in the groove as superb attacking display dispatches Hammers:
Dec 21, 2013, 11:57 AM EST
Fulham came back from 2-0 down, but City were simply the superior side, ultimately trotting out the winners.
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