Borussia Dortmund’s chairman, Hans-Joachim Watzke, locked himself in a Bernabeu toilet as he could not bear to watch the final minutes of the semifinal in Madrid.
“It seems like we only can do it with drama,” Watzke said on the club’s official website.
“For the first time in my life I had to give up due to heart problems. I went to the toilet for the last minutes, locked myself in, covered my ears and looked at my watch. I had all kinds of thoughts going through my head.”
The director of sport, Michael Zorc, also admitted he struggled to cope with the nailbiting finish, and five minutes of injury time, after goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos put the hosts within sight of a remarkable fightback. “In the last minutes I was close to a heart attack,” he said. “But when there is a positive outcome, it’s all good.
“It was great. In the second half we played a really good game. In the space of 10 minutes we had four golden chances. When you don’t take them then you are often punished. That’s why it was really tight again. That was not in the plan. But, in retrospect, it was only a slight deviation from the plan.”