JurgenKlopp battled to contain his emotions on Saturday after seeing Borussia Dortmund lose 3-1 to Wolfsburg in the German Cup final in his last game at the club. It might not be easy for the German to depart from the club with such a hitting lose. Wolfsburg spoiled JurgenKlopp’sBorussia Dortmund farewell by winning 3-1 to lift the German Cup.
With Klopp as a manager, Borussia Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2011 and 2012, the DFB-Pokal in 2012, and the DFL-Supercup in 2008, 2013 and 2014. Klopp, who is leaving after seven years in charge, said he would not be talking about his “painful” departure, adding it could have been a completely different game if Dortmund had enjoyed a bit more luck.
Pierre-EmerickAubameyang put Dortmund in front in Berlin but the Wolves turned the tables with goals from Luiz Gustavo, Kevin De Bruyne and Bas Dost putting them in command before half-time. Dortmund were unable to summon a response in the second half as Wolfsburg lifted their first trophy since winning the Bundesliga in 2009, and Dieter Hecking’s first ever as a coach.
2011–2012 Bundesliga season was the best campaign of JurgenKlopp as coach in charge, having 81 points accrued by Borussia Dortmund. It was the greatest points tally ever amassed in Bundesliga history and the 47 points earned in the second half of the season also set a new record. He won a domestic league and cup double in 2012 while also adding two German Super Cups to the club’s collection, and a Champions League final appearance in 2013.
The 47-year-old crowd favourite is leaving after having taken over in 2008 and leading Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2011.
“The pain of leaving is slowly sinking in, it really hurts,” said Klopp. “I’ve just tried to express my thanks to each of my players because it has been an extraordinary pleasure and a huge honour to be able to work with them. It’s difficult for me to let go. Now there won’t be a Cup party, just a farewell party.”
The result also means Dortmund will enter the Europa League in the qualifying rounds next season, with local rivals Schalke benefitting by taking a berth in the group stage.
“I know everyone wants to know about how I feel,” Klopp said, his voice cracking as Dortmund fans unfurled a large banner reading “Thank You Klopp for seven years”.