Dortmund boss Klopp lauds his “unbelievable” team after 4-1 win over Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has asked his team to stay on their toes till the final whistle at Santiago Bernabeu for the second leg of the Champions League semifinal clash with Real Madrid. The German boss urged his men to remain resilient and wary of a Real Madrid comeback on their trip to Spain.
Jurgen Klopp and Co. grabbed a memorable 4-1 win at home in the first leg of the semifinal ties on Wednesday. The victory has allowed Borussia Dortmund to take a gigantic step towards the Champions League final at Wembley.
It took four goals from Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to humiliate Real Madrid with a shocking defeat. Jurgen Klopp insists there is still room for improvement, but he wants his men to stick to the same game plan and remain diligent till the end of the game.
Robert Lewandowski drew first blood early in the game, but Cristiano Ronaldo equalized just before the break. In the second half Borussia Dortmund increased the tempo of the game, which resulted in three more goals from Robert Lewandowski.
“It was unbelievable, a great game by my team,” Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports. “It was so difficult to play because they are so strong and fast, and in counter attack are brilliant. I think the first 25 minutes were great, and then we lost a little bit of our game - not so much but enough to let them come up and they made the draw.”
Just a couple of minutes before Cristiano Ronaldo equalized, Borussia Dortmund were on the verge of being given a penalty kick after Marco Reus was tripped by Raphael Varane. Jurgen Klopp claims he was impressed to see that the setback didn’t affect the momentum of the game and his players continued on with their mission professionally.
“What we did at the break, we said maybe you think there is the wrong decision of referee' [for Real's goal],” Jurgen Klopp added. “But the last game [against Malaga] we had the wrong decision of the referee and we were the winner, so nothing happens - the only thing that has changed was that we needed to score in Madrid.
“So go back to you your strong 25 minutes and take the right half with you, because the first-half the most time we played about the left wing and we wanted to play more on the right and it was much better, you saw more of the team. Second half it was like Robin Hood, and arrow into the box with our attacking players - it was great to see.”