Klopp balks at suggestion BVB are out
Coach Jurgen Klopp has balked at a reporter’s suggestion Borussia Dortmund has little chance in Tuesday’s Champions League’s quarterfinal second leg after their 3-0 first-leg defeat at Real Madrid.
Dortmund face a near-impossible task at their Westfalenstadion in Tuesday’s return after Gareth Bale, Isco and Cristiano Ronaldo, who equaled Lionel Messi’s record of 14 goals in a Champions League season, scored Real’s goals at the Bernabeu.
Dortmund romped to a 4-1 win at home to Real in last season’s semi-finals, first-leg en route to the final and Klopp brushed off any suggestion his side are effectively out with Real on the verge of a fourth consecutive European semifinal.
“How could anyone transfer money to my account for my job, if I now turn around and say we’re out of this?” snapped back Klopp after ZDF presenter Jochen Breyer implied Dortmund have no chance in the return.
Having recently had an on-air spat with ZDF pundit and ex-Germany captain Oliver Khan, Klopp was in no mood for weak questions.
“Sorry, but I don’t want to go into the ZDF studio and again clash with someone,” said the Dortmund boss.
“But for every stupid question, I can only give a stupid answer - as we all know.”
Dortmund were without suspended Poland striker Robert Lewandowski in Madrid and even with their topscorer back for the second leg, Klopp admitted Borussia left themselves facing a huge task at home.
“We haven’t earned a situation in which we can say we’ll challenge, but we will still play,” said Klopp.