Marcel Sabitzer felt pure ecstasy in Champions league win over Atletico Madrid

Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Sabitzer gave an interview to Sky Austria after his side's Champions League win over Atletico Madrid.
Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24
Borussia Dortmund v Atletico Madrid: Quarter-final Second Leg - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 / BSR Agency/GettyImages

Borussia Dortmund had a magical night at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday as they bested Atletico Madrid 4-2 to make it to the Champions League semi finals. Phenomenal performances from a number of players, including Julian Brandt and Ian Maatsen helped to spearhead the charge, but there was one player who really took the game by the scruff of the neck and put the game beyond doubt for Die Schwarzgelben - a certain Marcel Sabitzer.

Throughout the match, Sabitzer was a force to be reckoned with; a force that Atletico Madrid found very difficult to contain, and outright failed to do so. A performance including one goal, two assists, two chances created, two interceptions, and five ball recoveries highlighted both his impact and his work rate throughout the full 90 minutes.

Sabitzer took part in an interview with Sky Austria after the decisive performance, where he described the feelings he felt during the game and after the final whistle was blown. The moment he scored his goal really encapsulated all the relevant emotions:

"Pure ecstasy. When 80,000 people almost tear down the stadium, you want to tear it down yourself too. I just wanted to jump on the fence and up to the fans and celebrate. It was pure joy. It's something very special."

Marcel Sabitzer

Sabitzer has repaid Borussia Dortmund's faith in him with interest with this performance, taking the club to their first Champions League semifinal since the fabled years under Jürgen Klopp. It is an immense achievement that cannot be understated, and one that the team will have a chance to build on as they are set to take on Paris-Saint Germain in the next round; a team that they have become all too familiar with over the last few years in European competition. The stage is set for yet another special occasion, and the hope will be that Sabitzer and his teammates will once again rise to the occasion to book Dortmund’s ticket to Wembley for the final.