Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel was at a loss to explain his side’s Europa League collapse, but felt the atmosphere was a key factor in the result at Liverpool.
The Reds scored four second-half goals as they fought back from 2-0 and 3-1 down in the second-leg of their last eight tie to win 4-3 and prevail 5-4 on aggregate against Jurgen Klopp’s former side.
After the match, a stunned Tuchel said: “We had a reaction to the first goal of Liverpool, we scored a third one, but with the equaliser it was an atmosphere where everyone, except our supporters, believed this was meant to be today.
“Liverpool had no positions any more and it was like everyone here believed in this lucky punch and unfortunately we gave it away.”
Tuchel was at a loss to explain how the game got away from his side but was magnanimous in defeat.
He said: “If you expect an explanation I probably have to disappoint you. An explanation would mean things are logical or tactical or at least in moments you see where a game goes to the other side but none of this happened.
“Everything felt perfect for a long time and I was very proud what I saw from my team, but things like this happen in soccer.”