Robin Hood Klopp aims to bother Bayern

07 July 2013 03:16

Coach Jurgen Klopp has said described Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund as the 'Robin Hood' characters of the Bundesliga, up against all-conquering champions Bayern Munich.

Dortmund enjoyed a 9-1 win a home in a charity friendly against a team of celebrities on Saturday and play European champions Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup on July 27.

Bayern swept aside all-comers last season, becoming the first German team to win the treble of European, league and cup titles and beat Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League final.

While Bayern have brought in ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola as head coach and signed Dortmund's Germany star Mario Goetze, Klopp says Borussia will put up a fight.

He used the analogy of Dortmund playing the role of heroic mythical English outlaw Robin Hood role in their battle with Bayern, in the role of his powerful nemesis, the Sheriff of Nottingham.

"We have a bow and arrow and if we aim accurately, we can hit our target," Klopp told Sunday's edition of daily Die Welt.

"It feels like Bayern have a bazooka and the possibility that they will hit their targets has clearly grown, but nevertheless, Robin Hood had some success."

Klopp said, based on current form, the Bundesliga title would not be taken from Bayern next season, "but that has never stopped us in the last few years from at least trying".

Dortmund won back-to-back German league titles in 2010-11 and 2011-12, leaving Bayern without any silverware for consecutive seasons.

Having started pre-season training with his team last week, Klopp has observed a "certain strength and greed" in the Dortmund ranks having won nothing last season.

Borussia have strengthened their squad with Gabon's attacking all-rounder Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from St Etienne and Greece defender Sokratis from Werder Bremen.

Armenian attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan is also expected to sign from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Despite Goetze's transfer to Bayern, Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has said he is "not worried the team could be a worse than last season".

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was back in training on Sunday, following his honeymoon, having made it clear he wants to leave Dortmund, with Bayern widely reported to be his next club.

"Up to a certain point, we were ready to talk, as far as Robert's desire for change is concerned, but nothing happened in that time," said Klopp with Lewandowski under contract until June 2014.

"You get to the point where you say enough is enough.

"Now we want to prove that a quality player like Robert can successfully achieve in the coming year."

Source: AFP