Blaszczykowski: I hope we will all be happy on Tuesday

The 27-year-old has put the DFB-Pokal defeat to Bayern Munich behind him, and is now focused on progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League
Borussia Dortmund captain Jakub Blaszczykowski has revealed BVB's determination to see off Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday, after all but surrendering their Bundesliga crown.

Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 3-1 winners over Hannover on Saturday and the midfielder immediately turned his attentions to the impending Champions League clash.

"We have a chance to enter the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and I hope that we'll all be happy on Tuesday," the attacker told reporters.

"I hope we can show the good things we saw [against Hannover] on Tuesday as well. We are in a good situation, but the game can tip quickly. We still need to score goals.

"Both the DFB-Pokal and Champions League were or are very important to us. While the cup exit is sealed, we can only look forward.

"Bayern are really strong, and we are not as prominent, but we've never said that it's a bad season. Of course we want to be champions every year, but second in the league isn't bad either."

Marcel Schmelzer echoed those sentiments, while noting Shakhtar's South American threat ahead of Tuesday's game.

"We were all disappointed about the cup, but we now want to secure second in the Bundesliga, and go to the next round in the Champions League.

"We've taken a first step against Hannover, and are in a good starting position against Shakhtar, but have to be a bit more focused to get into the next round.

"They are still very fresh and very dangerous, especially in attack with their fast Brazilians."

However, the 25-year-old lamented the absence of key defender Mats Hummels and admitted his team-mate has been sorely missed.

"It's a different game when Mats is missing," he continued.

"The whole team lacks his presence, but Felipe [Santana] is improving game after game. We are lucky to have three such good defenders."