Dortmund will bounce back, vows beaten Klopp


LONDON: Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said his team will bounce back from their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich – even with the Bavarian giants set to take his best two players.

With his season now over, Klopp admits he has a tough few months ahead as he rebuilds his squad with the new Bundesliga season starting on Aug 9.

Midfield star Mario Goetze has been confirmed as a Munich player next season and Borussia striker Robert Lewandowski is set to follow him, according to Bayern’s out-going coach Jupp Heynckes.

But with Berlin’s Olympic Stadium hosting the 2015 Champions League, Klopp has vowed to steer Dortmund back for a second crack at the European title.

“I feel a proudness comes up in me, but also a certain sadness,” said the 45-year-old.

“It was a great season for my team and a really, really good match.

“Perhaps it was the best match against Bayern in this season’s Champions League and you now who they’ve played.

“Now we have to go on holiday and buy some players, because other teams want ours and we must start again.

“In two years, there’s Berlin. Maybe that’d be a good place to come back to a Champions League final.

“We deserved to be in the final, we showed that tonight.

“Our fans were great, the atmosphere was great. Only the result is s**t.

“I told the players we will come back, maybe not to Wembley, but we’ll try to come back to another final.”

After the final whistle, Klopp was consoled in the Wembley stands by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

“She said: ‘You get to know yourself in the really bad moments’,” said Klopp. “I need a minute or two to feel proud again, at the moment only sadness prevails.”— AFP

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