They were disconsolate as they left the field, but Eintracht Frankfurt’s players, staff and fans leave London with their heads held high following Thursday’s penalty shootout defeat to Chelsea.

Board member Fredi Bobic: “We need a bit of time for everything to sink in. It was an absolutely monumental effort from the lads to keep attacking in extra-time and wanting to win. We’ve only lost one game in Europe, it’s been an unbelievable journey. Everyone in Europe now knows what this team is capable of.”

Head coach Adi Hütter: “The dream of going to Baku is over. We deserved to be in the final, but I’m incredibly proud of my team. Despite everything, the overwhelming feeling is one of pride. There were tears in the dressing room. The fans’ reaction is a massive help. The team has forged an incredible bond with the fans.”

Kevin Trapp: “Look what’s happening out there… these fans deserve to be in the final. No matter where we've been, our end was always full, it always felt like a home game.”

Danny Da Costa: “When you look at how many fans stayed to applaud us at the end, it’s incredible. What the fans did after the game gave you major goosebumps. They’re unique. We’d have liked to have celebrated a place in the final with them, but luck wasn’t on our side at the end of the day.”

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