Hans-Joachim Watzke hails Borussia Dortmund's CL semifinal progress after rollercoaster Atletico Madrid tie

Hans-Joachim Watzke
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Hans-Joachim Watzke has said that reaching the semifinals is a proud moment for all Borussen after Edin Terzic's side got the better of Atletico Madrid in a thrilling quarterfinal tie.

Borussia Dortmund are through to the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in eleven years. The Black and Yellows came from behind to defeat Atletico Madrid 5-4 on aggregate to set up a last four tie against Paris Saint-Germain.

It was an excellent second leg performance from Borussia Dortmund, who overturned a 2-1 deficit from the first leg by claiming a 4-2 win. Goals from Julian Brandt, Ian Maatsen, Niclas Füllkrug and Marcel Sabitzer helped BVB secure their place in the semifinals.

Hans-Joachim Watzke described Tuesday's second leg as a rollercoaster ride, and hailed the team for pulling off an extraordinary comeback against Atletico Madrid. "It was an extraordinary game, a rollercoaster ride. We take the lead, then they score two, then we score two again. But huge compliments to the team to come back like that," Watzke told host broadcaster Amazon Prime Video after the game.

"It is a great feeling and it's not an everyday occurrence for Borussia Dortmund. The last time we were in the semifinals was in 2013, eleven years ago. This is a very proud day for all Borussen."

Watzke also admitted that he did not expect Paris Saint-Germain to get the better of FC Barcelona, but added that he is now looking forward to what promises to be another difficult test.

The BVB CEO reserved special praise for Marcel Sabitzer, hailing the Austrian international for his outstanding recent performances. "He has shown in the last few games exactly why we signed him. This also shows that you have to give a player time to integrate into the processes. He has been outstanding."

Borussia Dortmund will now hope to build on their win over Atletico Madrid as they take on Bundesliga champions Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.