Emre Can believes in Borussia Dortmund's chances of making Champions League semifinals

Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Atletico Madrid v Borussia Dortmund: Quarter-final First Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Eurasia Sport Images/GettyImages

Emre Can believes that Borussia Dortmund have what it takes to turn their tie against Atletico Madrid around and qualify for the Champions League semifinals.

A whirlwind first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal between Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid saw Edin Terzic's side fall to a 2-1 defeat. Things could have been a lot worse for the Black and Yellows. But they finally woke up after a poor first half and managed to halve the deficit late on, courtesy of Sebastien Haller.

The second leg will take place at the Westfalenstadion next week, and fine margins are set to decide which team makes it to the semifinals. Despite the first leg defeat, Emre Can remains hopeful that Borussia Dortmund can progress to the final four of the Champions League for the first time since 2013.

"We have to win the game. We know that and we'll give it our all. It won't be easy. Atletico are not an easy team. They're in the quarter-finals for a reason, but we believe in ourselves. I believe we can do it," Can told host broadcaster DAZN.

As for Borussia Dortmund's lackadaisical showing in the first-half, Can believes that it is the team's lack of experience that may have led to the many individual errors. "I think many players are playing in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time. It's extremely difficult here, extremely loud. It's normal and human that some players were perhaps a little nervous."

"You have to be honest: they ate us up in the duels in the first-half, but we were not going to put up with that in the second-half. Then we came out and showed a different face. If we play like we did in the second half, then next week could definitely be very, very good."

Borussia Dortmund will take on Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga this weeekend, before hosting Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie on Tuesday.