Sergio Ramos reflected on the downbeat mood at Real Madrid post defeat to Borussia Dortmund, before thanking the fans.
The Santiago Bernabeu witnessed a host of missed chances on Tuesday evening from both teams, before late goals from Karim Benzema and Ramos earned the home side a 2-0 result.
However, it was not enough to see them knocked out of the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-3 aggregate scoreline.
“This doesn't feel very good. When you are on the verge of playing in a final and miss out, you go home feeling lost,” Ramos told UEFA’s official website.
“Maybe this is the moment we have to be united and look to move forward.
“There are many ways to lose a game but I think that today every Madrid fan will go home feeling proud at having seen their team give their heart and soul until the very last minute.
“We did things badly in the first leg and picked up a very negative result. Maybe that will teach us a lesson.
“We were all convinced that we could do it today. We were missing that little bit of luck we needed to score before the break while we managed to score quite late on.
“If there is something that stands out for me today it is the support our fans gave us. We will be eternally grateful for that.
“We wanted to return their warmth with a place in the final but it wasn't to be.”