Champions League news

Klopp keeping quiet over City tactics

October 3, 2012
By Stephan Ueberzahl, Germany Correspondent

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is keeping tight-lipped about his side's upcoming Champions League opponents Manchester City, preferring to focus on taking home "a result" when the two sides meet on Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp
GettyImagesJurgen Klopp believes his side can pull off a result at the Etihad Stadium

Dortmund currently sit second in Group D after their 1-0 win over Ajax in their opening game, three points ahead of City, who lost 3-2 to Real Madrid.

Klopp says he has watched tapes of Roberto Mancini's team but he would prefer to focus on how his own side play football as they aim to secure all three points.

"We have analysed their game and will reply," he said. "I know a lot of things about Manchester City and won't reveal anything. I don't have a lot of say. I want to play football and take home a result which makes us even happier than we are now."

Klopp is well aware of the threat that City represent - with the English club on an unbeaten run of 17 home games in Europe and their last league defeat at home nearly two years ago - yet the Dortmund boss is not phased by the challenge.

"This is a team full of world class players. I am sure [goalkeeper] Roman Weidenfeller will not be out of work tomorrow," he said. "I am pretty sure Manchester City will have a lot of respect for us."

In stark contrast to City, the German champions have not won an away match in Europe since beating FC Lviv in September 2010 and failed to survive their Champions League group last year.

But club chief executive Aki Watzke is hopeful that they have learnt from their past experiences and can use them to progress through the group stage this time around.

"We have gained a lot of experience from last season," he said. "In this unbelievably strong group we can now show, if that is enough. If it isn't, we will accept it. But we will give everything and hope that it will be enough."

Goalkeeper Weidenfeller is also confident in his side's ability to deal with the teams in their group, after proving it last time out against Ajax.

"We will have a lot of self-confidence, as we produced a result against Ajax. It's going to be a gigantic match," he said. "There is no need to hide. We are the German champions after all."

Klopp is likely to make changes to the side that beat Borussia Monchengladbach 5-0 at the weekend, with Marco Reus possibly being benched in order for more defensive stability and Kevin Grosskreutz coming in.