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Klopp energised by Madrid challenge

Published: Friday 21 March 2014, 16.03CET
Jürgen Klopp said Borussia Dortmund will not "surrender" as they face Real Madrid CF in a rematch of last season's semi-final, with Carlo Ancelotti "full of hope".
Klopp energised by Madrid challenge
Jürgen Klopp guided Dortmund to a 4-3 aggregate semi-final win against Madrid last season ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Friday 21 March 2014, 16.03CET

Klopp energised by Madrid challenge

Jürgen Klopp said Borussia Dortmund will not "surrender" as they face Real Madrid CF in a rematch of last season's semi-final, with Carlo Ancelotti "full of hope".

Borussia Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp is looking forward to a rematch with Real Madrid CF, the side last season's finalists defeated in the last four to make the 2012/13 showpiece. He knows the Liga leaders will be out for revenge, but hopes hosting the second leg will give a narrow advantage to BVB, a view shared by captain Sebastian Kehl. Carlo Ancelotti was not in charge of Madrid for last year's semi-final, but reckons his side will need "courage and personality" if they are to get past the Bundesliga outfit.

Carlo Ancelotti, Madrid coach
Dortmund have a very good squad; they are a good team and have a lot of experience in this competition. Last year they reached the final. I think this time around the quarter-finals will be very open affairs. The best sides have reached this stage. We are full of hope and expectation in this tournament and know we will have to play well against what is a very competitive side.

I think that, as they are out of contention in the Bundesliga, in the Champions League they will be highly motivated to do well. They are a top-quality, well-organised team, above all at the back. They are also strong on the counterattack. In order to win we will need courage and personality.

Emilio Butragueño, Madrid director
We played Dortmund four times last season and they were very strong. I know they are not doing so well in the league this season, but we recognise they are still going to be a very difficult team to beat. Last year we were so close to the final; this year we are doing really well, especially since Christmas, and we are going to go into the tie in good form – but you never know.

There may have been stronger rivals, but you never know [what might happen]. Nobody wanted to face Bayern [München]. This season, the second leg will be played in Germany and in front of a solid home support. For that reason, we will look to take a good result from the first leg. [Robert] Lewandowski is a key player for them and the fact that he will be suspended for the first leg must impact on them negatively.

Jürgen Klopp, Dortmund manager
It is a good draw. If you manage to be among the top eight teams in Europe in successive years you have to expect to play the same team every now and again, as is the case now. I expect two games with an extremely good atmosphere. We look forward to the challenge and will try to use what little chance we have. It might be an advantage for us to play in Madrid first, but we will have to wait and see. We definitely will not surrender prematurely.

Sebastian Kehl, Dortmund captain
Real is obviously a top, top draw for us. They will have revenge on their minds after we managed to eliminate them last season. They are slightly stronger this year and will enter both games with a high level of concentration. I think it is a small advantage to play the first leg away from home. There are no easy draws in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Hans-Joachim Watzke, Dortmund CEO
I would have liked a different team for a change – we played Madrid four times last year! However, we are still looking forward to it.

Michael Zorc, Dortmund sporting director
Real Madrid have improved the quality of their team since last season. But maybe their players will still remember the games against us last year.

Last updated: 21/03/14 16.54CET

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