Klopp: We have to go for win at Ajax

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has urged his side not to play for a point when they travel to Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Dortmund are in prime position to book a spot in the next round of the Champions League when they face Ajax on Wednesday - the German champions are currently top of the group with eight points and will guarantee qualification with a draw against the Dutch side, who are third in Group D with six points.

Klopp has declared that his side will not settle for a point when they visit the Amsterdam Arena, insisting that the Eredivisie champions still provide an ample threat to them.

"We don't play for just a point," he told various media ahead of the match.

"Ajax are an inventive team that always try to find a solution by playing good football. But if you play football, it does not mean that you win. Ajax have the chance to win because they attack, but so do we.

"Both teams have grown since the first match. The competition is progressing and you can see tomorrow's [Wednesday's] game as a semi-final in this group. It is a very important game for both teams.

"We have no certainty at this moment. There is a chance to go to the next round. We can't restrict ourselves with our own expectations.

"It's important that we are performing steadily on a firm base. Eight points sounds good, but it could have been more. Equally, Ajax haven't got all the points they deserve."

Left-back Marcel Schmelzer echoed his manager's views and called for his side to go for a win.

"We are not playing for a draw," the 24-year-old explained.

"It's important that we give our best for 95 minutes and give everything. We want to show our qualities.

"Ajax have a good defence and it's hard to create chances against them. We did it in our home game, but it will be more difficult in Amsterdam," he conceded.

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