Klopp balks at sug­ges­tion BVB are out

Daily Trust - - SPORT - JUR­GEN Kloop

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.

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