Klopp inclined to believe Arsenal can win the Champions League
Borussia Dortmund manager Juergen Klopp claims Arsenal have the potential to go deep in to the Champions League this season. The German boss lauded the English side after experiencing a 1-0 defeat at home on Wednesday.
The winner came off the head of Arsenal’s man of the season Aaron Ramsey following a scramble inside the box. The 1-0 win over Dortmund allowed Arsenal to avenge their 2-1 defeat against Klopp’s men at the Emirates last month. It also helped Arsenal acquire the top spot in Group F.
Klopp believes Arsenal can now head towards winning their first European Cup, a piece of silverware they have been denied for a long time. However in order to win the Champions League, Arsenal must avoid running into the tournament’s defending champions Bayern Munich.
“Yes, they can win it,” said Klopp, who also believes that Bayern Munich will surely end Arsenal’s run of success. “Yes, Arsenal have the quality to win the Champions League," he said. "They are young, healthy and good technically. They were clever enough to get a result tonight. Of course they can win the final if they don't play against Bayern Munich.”
Meanwhile, Wenger agrees with Klopp’s observation on Arsenal route to Champions League glory. The French manager urged his men not to fear any team in Europe and asked them to believe in their ability to win the coveted Champions League trophy.
“This is a huge result. I just hope it strengthens the belief of the team,” said Wenger. “We have another massive game on Sunday [at Manchester United] and we want that kind of performance again. Not many teams in the Champions League could achieve this. Overall I would say the team has shown huge solidarity to get through difficult moments in the game.
“We won against a very good team and I respect them. There was maybe more at stake here than when we won in Munich [by 2-0 in the second leg of last-16 last season] because people felt they took the game easy because they had beaten us 3-1 at home [during the first leg].
“Against Dortmund both teams had to win -- a draw was not good enough. We were united and focused, especially defensively. Dortmund put us under huge pressure and we kept a lot of possession and it was a bit sterile in the first half.
“It was a question of being focused, intelligent, not to make the first mistake but wait for the moment. We had a difficult period in the second half after the first goal and after that we could have scored again.”
Arsenal might be on top of Group F, also known as this year’s group of death, but competition with top notch teams such as Borussia Dortmund, Napoli and Marseille means the Gunners have to always be on their toes.