Champions League: Dortmund boss Klopp relishing Bayern clash

 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL

  • Venue: Wembley
  • Date: Saturday, 25 May
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Coverage: Live text and BBC Radio 5 live commentary on BBC Sport website

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp believes the all-German Champions League final at Wembley will be a "special" occasion.

Klopp's team face Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Saturday.

The match will be the first time two German clubs have contested the final of either the European Cup or Champions League.

The club could have ended as a fiasco. Instead, it has risen from the ashes

Jurgen Klopp

"This is a special game. It is the perfect place against the perfect opponent," said Klopp.

"If this is my only final and I die in 60 years, it won't have been so bad."

Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, who will miss the final with a groin injury, is to join Bayern this summer but Klopp has backed his club to deal with their best players moving on.

Japan international Shinji Kagawa left Dortmund for Manchester United in June 2012 for an initial fee of around £12m, while Gotze will go to Bayern for 37m euros (£31.5m).

Klopp, 45, said: "Football is a religion in Dortmund. Bayern may have won a lot of fans and a lot of trophies because of the incredible number of good decisions they have made, but now there is another story. Along has come another club that is pretty good as well.

"We do have money to get good players. But there are other clubs who can spend more money. We have to take a different position."

That is because in 2005, just eight years after their only Champions League success, Dortmund almost went bankrupt, a situation Klopp knows will not be allowed to happen again.

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"The club could have ended as a fiasco," he said. "The stadium might have been turned into a monument. Instead, it has risen from the ashes."

After being drawn in what was regarded as the toughest group in the Champions League, alongside the Spanish, English and Dutch champions, Klopp's men progressed as group winners, leaving Real Madrid in second spot, relegating Ajax to the Europa League and knocking Manchester City out of European competition altogether.

Dortmund beat Shakhtar Donetsk and Malaga in the knock-out stages before Robert Lewandowski inspired their victory over Real Madrid in the semi-finals, his four goals in the first leg giving them an unassailable advantage.

Bayern's Thomas Mueller accepts his side will face strong opposition, but is confident his team can win the Champions League a year after losing last season's final on penalties to Chelsea. The Bavarians also lost in the 2010 final, 2-0 to Inter Milan.

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund in 2012-13

  • Dortmund 1-1 Bayern - Bundesliga
  • Bayern 1-0 Dortmund - German Cup
  • Bayern 1-1 Dortmund - Bundesliga
  • Bayern 2-1 Dortmund - German Super Cup

"Borussia are a complete team," said Mueller. "That is harder to deal with than a group of individual players, even though their individuals are also very good.

"But I don't believe we have any weaknesses. We have played a lot of games, scored a great deal of goals and not conceded many. I have a really good feeling."

Bayern progressed from a group also featuring Valencia, Bate Borisov and Lille before ousting Arsenal on away goals in the round of 16.

They then beat Juventus and Barcelona by a combined 11-0 aggregate score, netting seven without reply against the Spanish champions alone.