Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre is proud of everything his side have achieved this season despite their near-miss in the Bundesliga title battle.
Jandon Sancho and Marco Reus were on target to seal Dortmund an impressive 2-0 final day win at Borussia Monchengladbach.
However, their efforts ultimately were in vain as Bayern Munich thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 to pip Dortmund to the Bundesliga crown by two points.
Despite the sadness at losing a chance of a first league title in seven years, though, Favre feels BVB still have plenty to satisfied over after managing 76 points – which is 21 more points than what they managed last season.
“Ultimately, we’re a tad disappointed. There was some hope when it was 1-1 between Bayern and Frankfurt. All in all, we only just fell short,” said Favre on the club’s website.
“We can be very satisfied with this season. Nobody expected us to get 76 points.”
Despite being nine points ahead of Bayern in December, Dortmund suffered a slump in form while their rivals won 18 of their 22 league games from December 1 to May 18.
“We picked up 34 points in the second half of the season. That’s not as bad as one might think. All in all, it adds up to 76 points,” said Favre.
“We shouldn’t forget that in the first half of the season we rode our luck to the max and turned a lot of games round.
“It was a very good season with lots of exciting games, both home and away. We can be very satisfied with this season, even if we’re a tad disappointed at the moment.”
On the victory over his old club, the Dortmund boss added: Gladbach played very well at the beginning. They were very, very good for 15-20 minutes. We had to defend really well. We then began to take control of the game bit by bit.
“The opening goal was important. We were better in the second half; we had lots of possession and created some excellent chances. It was a deserved victory in the end. We did our job today.”