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The Bundesliga side's coach is delighted with their progression to the Champions League quarter-finals, despite being beaten 2-1 at home by Zenit St Petersburg on Wednesday

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp believes that his side have earned their place amongst Europe's elite in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Sebastian Kehl cancelled out Hulk's opener in the return leg of their last-16 meeting with Zenit on Wednesday, as Dortmund were beaten 2-1 on the night.

Despite the defeat, Klopp's side still progressed to the last eight on aggregate and the coach was delighted to have made it to the next round.

"Sometimes success can hide even behind a 2-1 defeat," he told reporters after the match. "Borussia Dortmund have to learn that.

"We are at the quarter-finals again. Up there with the creme de la creme. That's awesome."

Kehl echoed his coach's sentiments, insisting that his side deserved to progress.

"Perhaps it wasn't our best match but we have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League and can all leave the stadium with a huge smile on our face," he told Uefa's official website.

"We are very happy going through as we've had a lot of injuries this season. We never complained about it but it does cost a lot of energy.

"Despite all this, we deserve to be among the best eight teams in Europe."

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