Emre Can hits back at Borussia Dortmund's critics after leading team to the Champions League final

Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund: Semi-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund: Semi-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/GettyImages

Emre Can believes that Borussia Dortmund have shown what they are capable of after making the Champions League final despite being written off by everyone during the group stage.

Borussia Dortmund stunned the football world on Tuesday evening as they defeated PSG (2-0 on aggregate) to secure their place in the UEFA Champions League final. Not many expected the Black and Yellows to make it this far, especially after they were placed in the so-called group of death and began their campaign with a defeat and a draw.

But BVB managed to turn things around and finished top of their group, before knocking out PSV Eindhoven, Atletico Madrid and PSG en route to the Champions League final.

Much like Borussia Dortmund, Emre Can has faced plenty of criticism this season. Appointed BVB captain before the start of the season, the 30 year old has struggled for form and mirrored his team's inconsistent performances.

Despite all the outside noise and external pressure, Can always knew exactly what Borussia Dortmund are capable of. And he hopes that BVB's qualification to the Champions League final will finally silence the team's doubters. “I'm extremely proud of the team," Can said. "It is incredible what we've achieved in this Champions League season."

"Nobody believed in us after the second matchday in the group stage. But we kept believing in ourselves. We've earned it. Huge respect to the team. [The critics] can shut up now. We're in the final now - and deservedly so. It feels really good.”

Emre Can will now hope to cap off his debut season as Borussia Dortmund captain by lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy at Wembley stadium on June 1.