Dortmund boss Klopp wary of “always dangerous” Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp will return to the dugout when Arsenal travels to the Westfalenstadion for an important match of Group F in Champions League. Klopp was served with a two-match ban for his outburst in the 2-1 defeat to Napoli on September 18. Assistant manager Zeljko Buvac filled in for him and his absence led Dortmund to a 3-0 victory over Marseille and 2-1 win over Arsenal.
Klopp is keen on making an impactful return to the pitch. The German boss admits Arsenal cannot be ruled out as a threat, but is keen on bringing the English team on its knees. However, Klopp shot down suggestion that Dortmund could surprise Arsenal and pick up another win.
“I never had the impression we surprised them,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference on Tuesday. “At this level you can’t surprise anyone. I must have missed that part of the game, even if I had a good view of it.”
Arsenal enjoyed the lion’s share of ball possession and had the most attacks in the second half of the last game. Moreover, Santi Cazorla’s shot struck the woodwork but never got in. On the other hand, Robert Lewandowski came up with the winning goal on counter attack. Klopp believes the match could have gone in anyone’s favor.
“That was only a matter of 10cm,” Klopp said of Cazorla’s effort. “Those little moments are decisive.”
For Dortmund to celebrate a victory in the night, Klopp will have to find a way ending Arsenal’s unbeaten run of 14 games. Upon being questioned whether Arsenal are better at playing at their home, Klopp said that Arsenal
Dortmund will have to end Arsenal’s 14-game unbeaten away run if they are to claim another victory. Klopp admits Arsenal are “always dangerous”, but playing at the Westfalenstadion will give his side an advantage.
“I don’t think they are more dangerous away from home,” Klopp added. “They are always dangerous and every game has its own history. Should Arsenal be stronger tomorrow than in the reverse fixture, then we are to blame for it. It’s an advantage for us to play here at the Westfalenstadion with its extraordinary atmosphere.
“If we had not lost the last 70 home games, that would also only be stats and would not count tomorrow, and that's why it also does not count that they have not lost the last 14 away games.”