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Jurgen Klopp to rally the troops for Dortmund’s second leg against Real Madrid


Real Madrid thumped a depleted Borussia Dortmund squad on Wednesday in UEFA Champions League play. Still, Dortmund can hang their hat on the fact that they were without key players and the second leg will be at home.

“There are two games in this quarter final – one in Madrid, and the other in Dortmund,” Klopp said on his club’s website, via Sky Sports. “I am far less critical than my players, who are all sitting with heads drooped in the dressing room.

“We had many chances and could have scored four or five goals. We just made mistakes and got punished – Barcelona also conceded three goals here.

“We can learn from this game. We weren’t cool enough and lacked the belief. We didn’t make things uncomfortable enough for them.”

Klopp isn’t trying to downplay their deficit, but remained optimistic.

“Let’s say we’ve been in better situations and we’re not really in any kind of position to lay down the gauntlet to them, but we have a duty to give it everything,” Klopp added.

“We will do that because there is always a glimmer of hope.

“First, let’s get a positive result against Wolfsburg on Saturday, and then we’ll mobilise the troops for the return.”

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