Edin Terzic: Real Madrid's killer instinct made the difference in the Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Final 2023/24
Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF - UEFA Champions League Final 2023/24 / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Edin Terzic believes that Real Madrid were ice-cold and showed their killer instinct, something that Borussia Dortmund lacked in the Champions League final.

It was a case of so close, yet so far for Borussia Dortmund as they lost 2-0 to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday evening. The Black and Yellows had an excellent game plan and dominated the game right from the first whistle. But they failed to make the most of their chances, and the experienced Real Madrid pounced in the final 15 minutes to clinch their 15th CL title.

Borussia Dortmund's performance once again showed that they belong on the big Champions League stage. But the lack of experience between the two sides made the difference in the end.

Edin Terzic feels that his team deserved better than a 2-0 defeat in the final, but also knows that a lack of killer instinct is what prevented them from lifting the Champions League crown. "I think we played a great game and deserved a bit more than to lose 2-0 after 90 minutes. Especially in the first half, I had the feeling that we were on top."

"I think we showed the whole world from the first second that we had belief. That we're not here to play a final, we're here to win a game. I think that's why it's so disappointing. I think we did so many things right and the only difference is that they had that killer instinct. We just lacked that. We got into situations where we played well or where we pressed well and then we couldn't reward ourselves."

Borussia Dortmund will now go into the off-season determined to build on their incredible Champions League run. After seeing off some of the world's best teams en route to the final, Edin Terzic's side will hope to make the latter stages of the revamped version of Europe's premier club competition next season.