Klopp in disbelief at Dortmund comeback

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp was a picture of relief after his team pulled off a comeback against Malaga in the Champions League quarter-finals.

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When Malaga substitute Eliseu prodded home in the 82nd minute to give the La Liga side a 2-1 aggregate lead in the teams' Champions League quarter-final tie, Borussia Dortmund's European journey looked as good as over. However, there was late drama to behold at the Westfalenstadion, as Marco Reus and Felipe Santana turned in two goals during stoppage time to send Malaga out of the competition. 

Klopp admitted to uefa.com that he was surprised at Dortmund's comeback, after the players turned in what he considered to be a horrible performance for most of the second leg.

"There's one very disappointed team at the moment and one very lucky one. I didn't expect to see this from my side – it was our worst game in the Champions League so far," Klopp noted.

"It was easy for Málaga to defend against us, and although in the second half we tried to play better, they were too clever. They slowed the game down, they waited for us. It was not easy. Then there were two unbelievable moments. Over the two games, though, we were deserved winners."

With domestic rivals Bayern Munich sewing up the Bundesliga title last weekend, the Champions League remains Dortmund's only opportunity for major silverware this season.

Urging his team to make use of their stunning comeback against Malaga as a springboard, Klopp expressed his hopes for Dortmund to step up in the semi-finals.

"I cannot explain what has happened inside me after that – I think I need to see a doctor. It feels like we've won the trophy. If we play as we did tonight [Tuesday] we won't win the Champions League, but if we play as we really can and have tonight's [Tuesday] passion, then we can do well," he stated.

"My assistants and I were looking at each other in shock in the dressing room, saying 'this is crazy'. This is the best I've ever felt."

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