Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre believes his team’s desire to “win at all costs” inspired their comeback in the 3-2 win against Inter.
A brace from full-back Achraf Hakimi either side of a Julian Brandt goal instigated the 3-2 Dortmund victory at Signal Iduna Park, and Favre was full of praise after a classic night of Champions League football.
“He is very offensive, he is always attacking despite being a full-back,” the coach said of Hakimi after the game.
“He sees and feels the opportunities, he knows exactly when to attack. He is a great player.”
Inter were up 2-0 at the break - thanks to Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino - but then fell apart in the second half.
“I don’t feel we played bad in the first half, but obviously we weren’t at our best. However, the chances were there, before conceding from two counterattacks.
“Then, in the second half, we went for it. We wanted to win at all costs.
“We entered challenges more and we corrected a few things. We were motivated and we knew [the comeback] could be possible.
“In the second half we pressed very well, had patience, intensity, possession… We played a beautiful game.”
He still felt the need to address some of the mistakes from the first half, however, pointing out that Marcelo Brozovic needed to be dealt with in a better way.
“We cannot allow Brozovic to do what he did on the second goal. It should not happen, even if they are quick and have great quality. Brozovic is a great player,” added the 62-year-old.
“Then, in the second half, we did better. We pressed higher on the pitch and maintained the possession with confidence.”
The Germans are now three points ahead of the Nerazzurri in Group F and face leaders Barcelona - who were held to a 0-0 draw by Slavia Prague - in their next European fixture.
“Everything is still possible. I haven’t looked at the table, but it’s a difficult group and we know that.
“Barcelona were stopped by Slavia, certainly not a simple opponent. It is tough, but we want to qualify, and this win was very important.”
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