Favre disappointed not to qualify for UCL

Borussia Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre has expressed his frustration at failing to qualify for the Champions League despite a 2-1 win against Dynamo Kiev.

And the points are in the bag....

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Favre led Gladbach to an impressive fourth place finish in the Bundesliga last season, in the process earning a spot in the qualification play-offs for the Champions League, where they were handed a tie against Ukrainian outfit Kiev.

However, Favre's men did not get off to the best of starts in the play-offs, losing the first leg in Germany 3-1, which left them with an uphill task in the second leg of the tie.

Gladbach made a fight of it in the second leg and at one point were 2-0 up through goals from Yevhen Khacheridi and Juan Arango but they were unable to find a third goal before Ideye Brown pulled one back for Kiev to ease the Ukrainian side's nerves.

Having seen his side come so close to staging a remarkable comeback, Favre was understandably downcast at having failed to take the final step forward and expressed his regret at the poor display from his side in the first leg.

Speaking to ZDF, the Swiss coach said: "It was a great disappointment.

"We were a few inches away from a third goal when Kiev were panicking, but it's clear we have lost the battle at home."

Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also conceded morale in the dressing room was low after the result, but insisted the best way to recover from the disappointment would be to win their next Bundesliga game against Fortuna Dusseldorf.

"Of course we are all disappointed, but in the end, life goes on," Stegen said.

"We have to look ahead and see that we make sure that we go back to work focused at Dusseldorf on Saturday, and hopefully take three points there."

Winger Patrick Herrmann, who put in a creditable display in the second leg, was left rueing the missed opportunity to feature in Europe's top tier competition but echoed Stegen's thoughts about focusing on the Dusseldorf game ahead.

The Germany Under-21 international said: "We played a good game, maybe it took a little too long before the first goal went in.

"In the end it was very tight, but it was unfortunately not enough. My foot hurts, but on Saturday it continues."

Gladbach got their Bundesliga campaign off to a good start last Saturday with a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim and will be expected to challenge for a Champions League spot again this season.

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