Klopp not worried by Gotze and Lewandowski flop in Champions League final
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is not worried about Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski’s loyalty and commitment, especially when the two play against Bayern Munich in Champions League final at Wembley. Jurgen Klopp told the football magazine kicker that both of his players would want Borussia Dortmund to acquire the Champions League glory.
Mario Gotze is set to move into Bayern Munich at the end of the season. A transfer deal worth £32 million has already been agreed upon by both sides. Meanwhile, rumors of Robert Lewandowski’s transfer to the Bundesliga champions are also filling up the airwaves. Both players might end up at Bayern Munich next season, but Jurgen Klopp believes that will not affect their performances in the Champions League final.
“It would be a thousand times better for both to join their new club as Champions League winners instead of joining the treble winners,” Jurgen Klopp said.
“There are better moments for a coach or a player than joining a club at the time of its biggest success. I am sure as death Mario and Robert will only think about winning the trophy for Borussia Dortmund on May 25.”
Mario Gotze returned to training with the rest of the squad on Monday after recovering from a leg injury suffered during semifinal against Real Madrid. The attacking midfielder will regain fitness before joining his teammates in regular training sessions.
“One week of full-team training ahead of London, that would be a nearly perfect constellation,” Jurgen Klopp said on Mario Gotze’s recovery.
Bayern Munich will ready to avoid another heart-breaking defeat in the Champions League final. Last season the Bavarians were defeated by Chelsea. Jurgen Klopp understands that another defeat would simply be devastating for Bayern Munich, yet the manager refuses to view the final from such an angle.
“I can't and don't want to look at this game from standpoints like this,” Jurgen Klopp added. “Even if Bayern will hear a lot of stories that they've lost the one or the other big final in the past: We need to take care of the things relating to us.
“This event is too wonderful and terrific to find a negative approach to it. We want to win that match because we want to win. And not so that Bayern loses.”
Jurgen Klopp also confessed that Borussia Dortmund were rightly being considered as heavy underdogs and that his players will need to be on toes at all times if they want to defeat Bayern Munich in the final.
“If somebody fears the wood, then he fears the wood,” Jurgen Klopp said. “We have nothing to lose and all to play for. If Bayern are smart they will also see it that way. Then it will only be about the title that is there to win on May 25.
“That's what you should care about – and don't think about what you could lose. You still have time to do that once you have lost. We will not waste any thought on it before.”