Jurgen Klopp, the boss of Borussia Dortmund, confessed that his team “lost to a much better team” in Juventus. Borussia Dortmund was defeated 2-1 in Turin and 3-0 on home match in the Champions League last-16 tie.
Klopp warned that Borussia Dortmund face “an experienced, clever and strong” team in Juventus, but added that “they are not unbeatable.”
Before the day match, Klopp was confident that his side can overturn a 2-1 Champions League first leg deficit against Juventus. With Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels back fit in central defense, along with full backs Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek, Dortmund Borussia’s defense has been as solid as it has been all season. Klopp boasted a fine record at home in Europe having won 11 of their last 14 Champions League games at the Westfalenstadion.
Three weeks ago, Juventus recorded a first-leg 2-1 win over Dortmund, which was one of only two defeats for BVB in 205 after losing 11 times in all competitions during the first half of the season. The boss said that his men were going to deal with one of the biggest challenges in football as they need to beat Juventus to progress to the Champions League quarterfinals.
Klopp hoped to create a special atmosphere in front of the more than 65,000 spectators in the stadium, and one goal would be enough against Juventus. As a matter of fact, the Borussia boss counted on goals from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who has scored five in his last seven outings and Marco Reus, who has struck five times in eight games.
However, nothing could be done when Juventus made a perfect start in the game and showed impressive, and clever tactical moves. And Klopp has to take the fact that his men were not giving the expected result that Borussia’s fans had hoped for.
“If the other team is better, it is easy to accept defeat. Tonight we lost to a much better team,” the coach said.
The 3-0 on home turf kicked Borussia Dortmund out from the table to Champions League. Juventus successfully ended up 5-1 aggregate victory and leaving Dortmund with nothing but Bundesliga mid-table mediocrity to play for.
“We have other problems, there are some reasons why we don’t have 60 points in the League. We have to learn to handle situations,” said Kloop, inspiringly.
Klopp might trying to show his manner in front of his men and all of the fans, but be in Sports writer, Tancredi Palmeri, caught a moment of Klopp’s desperation. It is reported that “Jurgen Klopp leaves the Westfalen alone by foot with his backpack.” Cheer up, Klopp, the fans still love you.