Real Madrid players promise hard fight for comeback

Mahmoud Elassal, Thursday 25 Apr 2013

Real Madrid players believe they can turn around a 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund when the second leg of the UEFA Champions League sees them play at home

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (R) reacts during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund April 24, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

After the 4-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos promised he and his teammates will do their best throughout the second leg in Spain to book a place in the final game.

"It is clear that the comeback depends on us," Ramos was quoted as saying on Real Madrid's official website.

"There is a lot of love for this competition and we really want to be in the final. Despite the result we have to believe that we can complete the comeback at home," he added.

"It is tough, but we have to think that 90 minutes in the Bernabeu is a very long time and it is possible."

Borussia Dortmund followed Bayern Munich's lead in upending a Spanish power when Robert Lewandowski scored four goals to lead Dortmund over Real Madrid 4-1 Wednesday night in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.

"Borussia played well and have shown they are a great team. They were superior. We believe that we can win at home even though they are a tough team."

The Whites' midfielder Xabi Alonso echoed the sentiments of Ramos. "We can do it in the second match at home, even though we are not happy with this match right now," Alonso said.

"The fans' support will be crucial in the second leg, but we have to be the ones to make the first move, so that they can get behind us. We have six days to wait and we can turn this result around," he added.

Real Madrid defender Pepe asked his teammates to play for the honour of the Whites' shirt. "We can turn the tie around. We will try to not make the same mistakes and we will fight every minute as if it were the last to make that comeback possible," he said.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez is confident, despite the first leg loss. "This match is already forgotten about. In the heads of everyone to do with Real Madrid is the Bernabeu on Tuesday," the goalkeeper said.

"It is a ground where there have been some historic miraculous comebacks," he added.

Real Madrid are set to host Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League 30 April.

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