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Pep: I’m proud of my team as never before

FC Bayern were aiming for a berth in Berlin, but it was not to be as the Reds fell 2-0 on penalties to Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Cup semi-finals after a 1-1 draw in normal and extra-time. “Penalties are always a lottery. I’m sad for the team because they were magnificent,” commented Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Pep Guardiola said he was “proud as never before” of his men, but Manuel Neuer lamented a string of missed chances: “We could have won it, not just in the 90 minutes but also in extra-time.”

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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “That’s bad luck. Penalties are always a lottery. I’m sad for the team because they were magnificent.”

Pep Guardiola: “I’m proud of my team as never before. You can’t criticise your team when they’ve played so well. I’m very proud of my players. We did everything we could and I’m happy with that. We played very well and only had problems for 15 minutes after Mkhitaryan came on. It’s the best we’ve played against BVB in my time here in Germany. We looked a bit tired in the shootout. Congratulations to BVB and best of luck to them for the final.”

Philipp Lahm: “Obviously you’re going to slip sometimes but it’s agonising when something like that happens in a semi-final. There are certainly better moments to have your standing leg give way. We failed to wrap it up in normal and extra time. The luckier team wins in a shootout. It’s a shame we’re not through to the final because we know how wonderful it is. Congratulations to Borussia Dortmund.”

Manuel Neuer: “The penalty shootout went badly but it was a good reflection of the match. We could have won it, not just in the 90 minutes but also in extra-time. We had it all under control, so we should have kept going and we had to score a second goal. It obviously leaves a bitter taste.”

Thomas Müller: “We really didn’t do much wrong but we’re going home as losers and I’m gutted. We lost our shape for quarter of an hour, Dortmund created a couple of dangerous situations and scored their goal. And what can you do when your first two penalty takers lose their footing?”

Jürgen Klopp (Dortmund coach): “That was the game from hell. We were lucky, no question about it. Both teams gave it everything. Bayern were far superior in the first half. Going in at half-time only 1-0 down is the best you can hope for when you play the way we did in the first half, but we more than deserved the equaliser in the second half. It was meant to be today! We’re overjoyed about going through against these unbelievably strong opponents.”

Mats Hummels (Dortmund): “We knew we had a chance. It wasn’t looking good in the first half, but with the equaliser and the chances we had in the second half we’ve deserved to go through.”

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