Jurgen Klopp: Arsenal better than Barcelona to watch

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Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Arsenal are better to watch than Barcelona, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Bundesliga boss was speaking to the media ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash with the Gunners at Signal Iduna Park, and took the time to heap praise on his opposite number.

Klopp claims Arsene Wenger deserves a knighthood for his efforts with Arsenal over the years, and says that the Emirates Stadium outfit are one of the most pleasing sides in Europe to watch.

"For me, he is Sir Arsene Wenger, he is really something, I love him," said the 46-year-old during an interview with The Guardian.

"When I watch Arsenal in the last 10 years, it is nearly perfect football, but we all know they didn't win a title. In Britain they say that they like Arsenal but they have to win something.

"This is the philosophy of Arsene Wenger. I love this but I cannot coach this because I am a different guy. You think many things are similar? I hope so in some moments, but there are big differences, too."

Klopp also took a swipe at Barcelona, saying that if he was a child today, growing up watching the current side at Camp Nou, he wouldn't have pursued a career in football, and followed a different sporting path.

"If Barcelona's team of the last four years were the first one that I saw play when I was four years of age, with their serenity, winning 5-0, 6-0, I would have played tennis," he added. "Sorry, that is not enough for me.

"It is not serenity football, it is fighting football – that is what I like. What we call in German – English [football] - rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks. This is Borussia."

Arsenal travel to Germany tied on six points with Dortmund after three games in Group F. With Napoli also recording two victories, the match will go some way to determining who advances to the knockout stages from one of the tightest qualifying groups in the competition this season.

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