Jürgen Klopp admits "revenge is in the air" as his Borussia Dortmund side renew acquaintance with an Olympique de Marseille team who beat them home and away in 2011.
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Jürgen Klopp admits that "revenge is in the air" as his Borussia Dortmund side renew acquaintance with Group F rivals Olympique de Marseille. While Klopp, who serves a touchline ban, believes the visitors will face a more mature Dortmund team than the one they beat twice in 2011/12, OM coach Élie Baup is banking on a good mix of youth and experience to help the Ligue 1 outfit get off the mark.
Jürgen Klopp, coach
For one match [the suspension] is not a problem. Even though Mats [Hummels] said today that he doesn't care if I am seated in row 1 or 16, you do have the possibility to influence the game from the touchline. It is much more problematic that I cannot be in the dressing room before the match and at half-time. Željko Buvač [Klopp's assistant and in charge tomorrow] is the best coach I know. He just doesn't like the show that comes with football. That's what I am for.
I have already told a colleague today that you cannot buy experience. You have to earn it and we've earned ours. Two years ago we played good football and lost by a surprisingly big margin, especially in Marseille and then we lost here as well. We have a little bit of a feeling that revenge is in the air. Not a lot, but a little bit.
The [2-1] defeat in Napoli does not change a lot. We have plenty of opportunities to recover the points we lost in Naples. It doesn't change anything for this match. Tomorrow's winner has a foot in the door. We're at home so we're under a bit more pressure than Marseille, but that's normal.
They've started really well in the French league. We still know some of their players from two years ago. They play really well, with lots of pace and good transitions. They are strong in attack was well as in defence. But the good news is we are not so bad either and have ways of giving other teams problems. Two years ago, we maybe played a bit naive, but that's understandable. I'd like to think that we have become more mature and am quite optimistic about that.
Friday: Dortmund 5-0 SC Freiburg (Reus 35 45+2pen, Lewandowski 58 70, Błaszczykowski 79)
Weidenfeller; Grosskreutz, Subotić, Hummels, Durm; Şahin, S Bender (Kirch 46); Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan (Hofmann 61), Reus (Błaszczykowski 62); Lewandowski.
• BVB made it seven straight home wins against Freiburg, Robert Lewandowski taking his tally to ten goals in seven meetings with their visitors. Dortmund have broken the deadlock in each of their last 15 league outings, a club record.
Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller is suspended after his red card in the loss at Napoli, as is coach Klopp. Marcel Schmelzer has been ruled out through injury but Sven Bender is available.
Élie Baup, coach
We have potential in our team which we should be able to call upon. We should not think too much about how the game might develop but try to make the best of it. In this competition, you can learn a lot. As we all know, there are six group matches. We played the first of those, performed quite well, but unfortunately did not get a result. Tomorrow it continues and we have to enjoy playing in the Champions League.
The experience of our veterans helps in such a competition. But we also profit from the craziness and the enthusiasm of the young players. We have a good mixture of young and experienced players. Since the beginning of the season, we have played 20 players and in this time their level has become very equal – physically as well. We now have to do some slight adjustments, see who fits best with who and so on.
[Dortmund] play very attacking football with great pressing and counter-pressing. In that area, we can learn a bit from them. We have tried to improve our ball-winning skills and becoming more precise in our finishing.
Saturday: FC Lorient 0-2 Marseille (Valbuena 58, A Ayew 90+1)
Mandanda; Fanni, Nkoulou, Lucas Mendes, Mendy; Romao, Imbula; Payet, Valbuena (Cheyrou 76), A Ayew; J Ayew (Khalifa 59).
• Mathieu Valbuena and André Ayew ensured OM kept pace with Paris Saint-Germain FC and AS Monaco FC with their first goals of the season.
André-Pierre Gignac missed Saturday's game with a toe problem and will be absent again in Dortmund along with full-back Jérémy Morel (knee) and Benoît Cheyrou, who has not travelled due to personal reasons.
• The teams met in the group stage two years ago when Marseille won 3-0 at home and 3-2 away. At the Stade Vélodrome, in the first competitive fixture between the teams, OM took the points thanks to goals from André Ayew (20, 69 pen) either side of Loïc Rémy's 62nd-minute effort. The hosts had substitute Jordan Ayew sent off late on.