Jurgen Klopp, whose Borussia Dortmund squad faces off against Real Madrid at Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, thinks his team is the underdog in the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal series, despite the fact that his team won their UCL semifinal series during last season’s competition. In an interview with Marca, the German coach says that a mix of Real’s strengthening last summer, coupled with the injury crisis facing his squad makes Carlo Ancelotti’s men the clear favorite.
“[Real] have bought some good players like [Gareth] Bale and Isco. They have tremendous strength in every position, a full team of skilled players capable of success in all the competitions they play in. I think this Real squad is even better than the previous one. They have great attacking power and they defend well,” he said, adding: “With our budget and the likes of [Neven] Subotic, [Lars] Bender, [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Marcel] Schmelzer and [Jakob] Blaszczykowski on the injury list. ... There is no doubt that we are the underdogs, the Cinderella of this tie.”
Even so, Klopp noted that his team can compete with anyone: “But I always say we don't have to be the best team in the world, we just have to be able to beat the best team in the world in a head-on clash and Dortmund can beat the best. That's the most important thing for me. Dortmund will take its chances and, who knows, we might even win!”