Jurgen Klopp hailed Borussia Dortmund as "incredible" after its ultimately futile 2-0 win over Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Despite trailing 3-0 from the first leg in Spain, Dortmund looked destined to pull off a massive comeback as Marco Reus netted twice in the first half after Angel Di Maria's penalty miss.
Dortmund created chances throughout the second period but could not force the third goal as Madrid edged through 3-2 on aggregate. Although his side exited the competition, Klopp was proud of his players for the fight they had shown.
"Neven Subotic said to me after the game, 'I couldn't be prouder of this team,'" Klopp told reporters. "That's what the Champions League is about. We were superior tonight, but should have scored last week.
"Tonight's game was so good that there is absolutely no one to blame for not qualifying. The atmosphere was awesome. We wanted to prove a point and we did that with our incredible performance."