Jurgen Klopp: Buvac 'safe pair of hands'
Jurgen Klopp believes his Borussia Dortmund side are in good hands for their Champions League game against Marseille, with the suspended manager claiming he doesn’t “know any better coach” than assistant Zelijko Buvac.
Klopp will be absent from the dugout for the match at the Westfalenstadion after receiving a one-match ban for his behaviour in the defeat to Napoli a fortnight ago.
Buvac will patrol the touchline in his stead, and Klopp believes his assistant will ensure that he is not missed as last season’s Champions League finalists look to get this term’s campaign back on track.
Former Mainz midfielder Buvac, who has been working with Klopp throughout their 12-year-long coaching career, did not answer questions in the pre-match press conference but will step into the spotlight on Tuesday.
“His quality won’t stand in the way,” Klopp said. “I don’t know any better coach. Zeljko is the personified football knowledge. He loves football -- but not the buzz surrounding it. That’s my part.”
Klopp explained that everything was laid out and planned for Tuesday, saying: “I perceive it as a punishment for me, but for the team it is unproblematic."
He refused to reveal where he will be watching the game, simply saying: “I will have a good view from there.”
Both Dortmund and Marseille both lost their opening Champions League game and will need to pick up points on Tuesday to stay in the race to make it out of the group.
“The pressure is normal. Whoever wins tomorrow has his foot in the door. It’s a home game for us, so the pressure might be a bit bigger. We must access everything to have success,” Klopp said.
The sides met during the 2011-2012 Champions League group stages, when Marseille twice came out on top. “We have the feeling that a bit of revenge is in the air,” Klopp added.