Hummels targets strong finish

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has urged his teammates to remain focused on the task at hand, following a disappointing conclusion to their Europa League campaign.

The Germany international admits the Europa League quarter-final loss to Liverpool is hard to forget, but has called upon his teammates to keep up their concentration until the end of the campaign – ahead of their DFB Cup semi-final clash against Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.

“We dominated the game from the very start. It was evenly matched at the beginning and we were somewhat unsteady, but that’s understandable when you make eight changes to the line-up,” he said after the game.

“The win doesn’t bring us anything with regards to last week, and the same applies looking forwards. This game is not related to our other results. If last Thursday hadn’t happened, we’d still be well on course for a fantastic season,” the 27-year-old added.

“It’s therefore no surprise that we want to qualify for the DFB Cup final on Wednesday. We want to win the cup as it’s our last remaining chance this season. We want two more trips to Berlin this season.”

Hummels has been an ever-present figure for Dortmund this season, appearing 45 times across all competitions.

Comments