By 90Min
May 16, 2018

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has admitted his relief at his club's qualification for the Champions League next year, while admitting they had "made mistakes" in 2017/18.


Speaking to RevierSportZorc also claimed one of the contributing factors to Dortmund's poor season - in which they finished an incredible 29 points behind Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich - was the bitter departures of former star players Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona and Arsenal respectively.

Zorc said: "I believe that we ultimately solved the incidents in the best possible way in the interests of the club. But it still has an effect in the dressing room when a player has already announced his transfer to his colleagues."

Dortmund finished the Bundesliga season by sneaking into fourth place on the final day on goal difference, despite a 3-1 loss to Hoffenheim, securing their Champions League qualification for next season after a turbulent campaign.

Head coach Peter Stoger - himself a mid-season replacement for the dismissed Peter Bosz - resigned following the defeat, while Nice manager Lucien Favre has been tipped to take over next season.

Zorc also said there would also be a "change on the player side" in order to improve performances next season.

He continued: "Of course, we made mistakes. If you dismiss your coach [Bosz] before Christmas, then of course you have not been right."

"We are relieved to be in the Champions League after a difficult and complicated season for a variety of reasons," he added. "This season was not a glorious one, but we now have plans for security with which to build our future and to implement our ideas. The idea being that now we have to have a new start."

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