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Jose Mourinho admits his Real Madrid side were beaten by the better team

Updated: Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 07:36 | Comments

Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid players line up ahead of the match
Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid players line up ahead of the match

Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho admitted his players were second best after their shock 4-1 Champions League defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Robert Lewandowski fired four goals as Dortmund emulated fellow Germans Bayern Munich's Champions League semi-final domination of Spanish opposition.

Mourinho’s side face Dortmund in the return leg at the Bernabeu in six days' time and he said: “I think they were the best team by far and won every individual battle on the pitch and were stronger than us, more aggressive physically and tougher mentally so they deserved it.

"How it went from 1-1 to 4-1, I really don't know because everything happened in a very short space of time in the far goal from the position where I was.

"But we lost easy possession and we couldn't cope with their counter-attacking and their transition."

"It was an unbelievable, great game of my team" -  Jurgen Klopp

"We prepared for the game so well, in every detail, as we always do, especially in a semi-final. We prepared for everything, we were ready for everything.

"We are very confident about the work we did. I think many of the boys didn't perform and many of the boys didn't have a good night and this is exactly when you cannot make mistakes because at club level this is the second most important match in the world of football.

"The first one is the Champions league final, the second one is the Champions League semi-final so when you don't perform on a very special day it is very disappointing."

Asked if a place in the final was still a realistic possibility, Mourinho said: "It is of course very difficult but in football it can happen.

"Of course we can, on a crazy night, where everyone performs at a high level and every chance you have and every goal you score is with a high level of efficiency. Of course you can."

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp hailed an "unbelievable" night, saying: "It was an unbelievable, great game of my team.

"It was so difficult because they are so strong and fast and they are so brilliant on the counter-attack."

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