Borussia Dortmund star Mario Gotze has admitted frustration at his inability to convert chances as the German champion drew 0-0 with Malaga in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Jurgen Klopp's men had a handful of opportunities to take an away goal into the second leg of the quarterfinal next week, with three falling to the 20-year-old, but some wasteful finishing saw Malaga keep a clean sheet at La Rosaleda.
Gotze was denied two times within five minutes when one-on-one with Willy Caballero in the first half, and he also lashed wide from a great position a few yards out in the second period.
"I could've helped the team out a great deal by scoring at least one goal,” he told reporters after the match. “It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to do that. We still have to be satisfied with the result and we still have a return leg.”
But teammate Ilkay Gundogan defended his compatriot, and insisted the misses will not be dwelled upon.
"We showed a good performance for an away match and created several decent chances,” the Turk said. “Mario had three or four [chances] and he usually puts at least one of those away. It wasn't meant to be but it was also important to keep a clean sheet."
Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller also emphasized the importance of keeping a clean sheet, adding: “We can be satisfied with 0-0.
"Our goal was to keep a clean sheet. It’s a shame we didn’t score. I’m satisfied nonetheless. Nothing is decided yet but we can set things straight at our home ground.”
Dortmund face Malaga in the second leg of the quarterfinal next Tuesday at the Westfalenstadion.