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Klopp eyeing Champions League title after beating Madrid
Updated published : 01 May 2013 06:47:21Rss feed
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has set his sights on victory in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25 after his side survived a late Real Madrid comeback.
Madrid, trailing 4-1 from the first leg in Germany, looked down and out with the score on the night 0-0 with eight minutes to go, but two quick goals produced a grandstand finish to a pulsating game. Karim Benzema pulled one back and Sergio Ramos added another in the 88th minute, but Dortmund stood firm amid a frenzied atmosphere to seal a 4-3 aggregate win.
Dortmund will most likely face Bayern Munich in London, with their German rivals leading Barcelona 4-0 from the first leg, and Klopp said: "The final will be one of the greatest moments in our lives, but I will say that when we are there we don't want to be tourists."
He added: "It doesn't matter which team we play against, we will not be the favourites. But that's the perfect role for us, and five million supporters of Dortmund will enjoy it and everyone at Wembley will see we are not satisfied to be a finalist, we want to win this final.
"I just had a TV interview and I was about to explode with joy. I have lived many things in my career but I cannot compare them to what happened here, if I had lost in this semi-final it would have been a great sadness. It was a very close situation, of course.
"I never thought this would happen but now it has, I'm so proud of my team, they are so young, and every time they have done something they have done it well. This is absolutely special and this is why I am so motivated."
Klopp explained how he felt in the final eight minutes of the game, following Benzema's opening goal.
"In this moment I thought, if God is willing, we will go to the final, if we don't make it, we know why," he said.
"It was a bit dramatic in the end, despite the fact we had a lot of counter attacks that led to opportunities to take the lead.
"We knew that Madrid would take an aggressive approach and we managed to calm things down after 20-25 minutes, but we definitely have ourselves to blame for allowing Madrid back into the game as we missed a couple of good chances. Dortmund apparently are an all-inclusive club, so we always make things exciting, one way or another".
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