Hecking: They deserved to go through

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VfL Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking was disappointed with his side’s performance in their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The Wolves took a two-goal advantage into the match after beating Los Blancos at home last week, but fell to a 3-0 defeat courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick to be relegated from the competition 3-2 on aggregate.

The Primera Division side had brought the scores level less than 20 minutes after the second leg had started, and Hecking was unhappy with the way his side began the match.

“We didn’t go about the first 20 minutes as we should have,” Hecking said on the Wolfsburg website. “We knew what we had to expect, but when you are on the pitch, it’s only then you see what you have to deal with.

“After the two goals, we got into the game better, had more possession and had a couple of opportunities of our own. What we lacked was the ultimate determination.

“In the second-half, Real waited for their opening, which was our chance to hit, but we didn’t manage that. What’s very frustrating is to lose 0-3 having conceded two goals from set-pieces.

“Real Madrid deserved to progress. We weren’t able to deliver two good performances. The first goal was a lost ball. We should have defended better. We needed one goal. I congratulate Real Madrid because they were better.

“The players had great expectations. We are disappointed, but we have to keep our heads up in the Bundesliga. We have grown as a team in the Champions League and people will remember our matches.

“We have to find what we need to keep on advancing and having more nights like this. We will leave Madrid proud.”