Selasa, 02 Oktober 2012

Klopp chasing Eithad scalp

Klopp: Says Dortmund have taken step forward

Klopp feels his team have taken valuable lessons from their experiences in the Champions League last season and has made it clear they are confident of gaining a result away to City.

Dortmund returned to the competition last term for the first time in eight years but had a disappointing time of it, finishing bottom of their group after suffering four defeats in their six games.

The German outfit are back again in 2012-13 after securing a second successive Bundesliga title under Klopp, who feels they are wiser for their experiences in Europe a year ago.

So far this time out they have made a positive start in Group D by beating Dutch league winners Ajax 1-0 at home, and while the 45-year-old is expecting Wednesday's assignment against English champions City to be a tough one, he is optimistic Dortmund can emerge from it with a positive result.

Asked if he felt his side were getting used to the Champions League, Klopp said: "We have taken a st ep forward and we have learned a lot from defeats in past Champions League campaigns.

"Tomorrow will be a different question. But at the end of the day, we have come here to get something out of the game.

"We are fully focused, we want to get a result tomorrow night and that is what we will be playing for."

As part of his preparations for this contest, Klopp last month watched City's 1-1 Barclays Premier League home draw with Arsenal, a team he believes plays in a similar way to his own.

The trouble the Gunners caused the hosts on that occasion has given Klopp plenty of encouragement, as has Dortmund's 1-0 Bundesliga victory last season at Bayern Munich, who defeated City - then in their maiden Champions League campaign - 2-0 at the Allianz Arena a year ago.

"We saw the City v Arsenal game, the 1-1 draw, and I think that was important," Klopp said.

"The way Arsenal play is not totally dissimilar to the way we play and City have quali ty players, but they have to adapt to that type of football.

"Also, if you look at Bayern, we won there and City lost. They have a suitable team for the Champions League, but we'll have to see what happens tomorrow."

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