bellerin admits Dortmund out-classed Gooners
The young Spaniard was part of an Arsenal side that put up a dismal performance against Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion going down 2-0 as Jurgen Klopp’s men tore the Arsenal midfield and defense apart for the most part of the game.
Hector Bellerin says it was a dream come true to make his first start in the Champions League – although the gloss was taken off his experience by the result as the youngster while speaking to Arsenal’s official website admitted that the Gooner’s were out-classed.
The 19-year-old was called into the starting line-up to face Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday after Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers were ruled out through injury and illness respectively.
Bellerin had only made one previous appearance for Arsenal’s first team, against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup, and he admitted the pace of the game was hard to adjust to.
“They came with so much tempo at the start with their quick players up front,” Bellerin told Arsenal Player.
“We tried to start the game with the same tempo as them but we couldn’t, and that’s something we need to work on for our next game.”
“But it was a dream come true for me tonight. It’s always your dream as a kid to make your debut in the Champions League. On the other hand, I’m gutted and we’ve just got to work harder in the next game.”
“I knew there was a chance [of starting] during the week with the injury of Mathieu [Debuchy] and I found out at training before the game that Calum [Chambers] was feeling a bit ill, so I knew there was a chance.”
“I never thought at that moment that I could make my debut here, but when they told me [on Tuesday] afternoon I was really happy. It is what you are waiting for since when you’re a kid and you’re just playing in the playground. I’m just really happy to get it out of the way, to make my debut on a night like this is good for me.”
“[Playing first-team football] is what I want to be doing every weekend. It’s good to get minutes with the under-21s but what you’re here for is to play games with the first team. It was a really hard game but I’m glad I got to play here and hopefully there’s many more games to come.”
And although Bellerin will always remember that Tuesday night in Germany- being his first ever Champions League debut, he will however want to forget in a hurry the defeat and look forward to more chances at Europe crowned with fine performances and in the end victory for his side.
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