Thursday, 27 February 2014

Klopp upbeat over CL qualification

Klopp upbeat over CL qualification

Klopp upbeat over CL qualification

The Dortmund coach thinks the battle for the Bundesliga’s top spots will go the wire and hopes his side can build on their victory in midweek

Jurgen Klopp has urged his Dortmund side to put in a repeat performance of their 4-2 Champions League win over Zenit on Tuesday, as BVB prepare to face Nuremberg on Saturday.

Klopp's side were beaten 3-0 by Hamburg last weekend but bounced back to seize control of the first-leg of their last-16 Champions League tie in midweek.

“It’s going to be a tight race in the league until the end,” said Klopp, speaking to the Dortmund’s official website.

“That’s why the defeat in Hamburg was so painful. The three points there would have done us really good. If we play like we did against St Petersburg, we will get enough points to secure an automatic spot.

“Nuremberg will come here with a lot of confidence. We must find the right approach and push ourselves to the limit. Only then will we be a tough side for Nuremberg as well, and only then will we be able to beat them.”

However, Klopp could face issues in defence with Sokratis Papastathopoulos a fresh doubt following Mats Hummels' return from injury.

The 46-year-old added: “He will only do an individual training today. We have to wait and see. He has a nasty swelling in the area of the Achilles tendon. Mats (Hummels) trained normally on Wednesday.” ----------------

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