Klopp: Dortmund always make things exciting

A buoyant Jurgen Klopp joked that Borussia Dortmund 'always make things exciting' after seeing his side barely scrape into the Champions League final on Tuesday.

Klopp leads the celebration for Dortmund


Dortmund, who beat Real Madrid 4-1 in the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie, were very nearly knocked out of the competition at the Bernabeu as Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos scored two late goals for Los Blancos to leave the German outfit fighting to preserve their aggregate lead in the dying minutes of the second-leg.

Despite a frenzied finish, which included a Ramos header in stoppage time which flew just wide of the post, Klopp's men managed to prevent Real from scoring the vital third goal which would have seen the Spanish giants progress to the final.

The 2-0 loss to Real was the first time Dortmund had tasted defeat in the competition this season.

A relieved Klopp admitted after the game that his side should never had given Real the chance to mount a comeback but joked that the German outfit had nonetheless played its part in ensuring a thrilling footballing spectacle on Tuesday.

"It was a bit dramatic in the end, despite the fact we had a lot of counterattacks that led to opportunities to take the lead," Klopp was quoted as saying by the official Champions League website. 

"We knew that Madrid would take an aggressive approach and we managed to calm things down after 20-25 minutes, but we definitely have ourselves to blame for allowing Madrid back into the game as we missed a couple of sitters. 

"Dortmund apparently are an all-inclusive club, so we always make things exciting, one way or another."

Klopp was also adamant his side fully deserved to be in the final but conceded luck had played a huge part in their Champions League journey so far.

"The 90 minutes felt quite long today [Tuesday], we played well at times but unfortunately not for the entire game," Klopp added. 

"Obviously Madrid are capable of playing quality football of their own. They had a lot to make up for after the first leg, but in the end we deserved to go through on aggregate. 

"We deserve to be in the final

"We knew that a team like us required a certain amount of luck to reach the final. That was the case against Málaga and also today [Tuesday]. 

"It wouldn't have been necessary if we had used one of our chances though. It's an extraordinary achievement nonetheless."

Dortmund's next fixture sees them take on newly-crowned Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, up against Barcelona in the other semi-final, but Klopp revealed he would not deny his players an off-day to celebrate their momentuous achievement of reaching the final.

"We play Bayern at the weekend, but we also have a day's more rest than them, so I won't deny the team that chance to go out and celebrate," Klopp declared. 

"Nuri [Şahin] apparently knows his way around Madrid, or so I've heard. I'll stay in the hotel and have a few beers there. 

"The players deserve to have a little time off after a game like this. Perhaps it won't be ideal in terms of the Bayern game at the weekend, as they might give us a bit of a thumping, but that would be the most pleasant defeat against Bayern that we could ever experience. 

"I'll definitely not deny the players' celebrations - what kind of muppet would I be if I did?"

Hummels admitted he was relieved Dortmund managed to hold off a late surge from Real and compared the Spanish giants' onslaught to his own side's defeat of Malaga in the quarter-final - where Klopp's men scored twice in injury-time to go through.

"We knew that the crowd gets loud when they score. Second half it seemed that we had the game under control but with the first goal the game changed like it did against Malaga," the defender said.

When asked his feelings about reaching the Champions League showpiece match at Wembley next month, he added: "It's unbelievable.

"It's something everybody on our team dreamed of as a child and we're all still children so it's unbelievable.

"We're now looking forward to Wembley."

The Champions League final will take place on May 25.

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