Borussia Dortmund must be ‘brave’, says coach Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp insists Borussia Dortmund will not crumble in the Bernabeu, as they look to preserve their 4-1 lead from the Champions League semi-final first leg.

Dortmund head to Spain with a three goal lead and are good value for it, but the former Mainz 05 manager was quick to point out the job was only half done.

“We are ready for Real Madrid to try everything they can and our feeling is not that we are already in the final,” he said in a pre-match press conference.

“We feel the first-leg result was much better than expected but we know we will have to fight tomorrow and be at our best.”

The Bernabeu has a history of dramatic European comebacks; something Klopp is fully aware of. However the 45-year-old believes it would be naïve to go to Madrid with a solitary game plan.

“We will not do one thing or the other,” he said. “It would be silly for us to have a clear idea of what we’re going to do.

“Madrid can pose us trouble, we know that. But we also have great attacking potential. We proved that in the first leg.”

Should Dortmund score tonight, it would mean their hosts would need at least four just to take the game to extra-time.

Whatever the outcome, history is sure to be made. Dortmund have the chance to reach only their second European Cup final, whereas Madrid will need the competition’s greatest ever semi-final stage comeback to book their place at Wembley.

Klopp though, remains focused. He knows what’s at stake, and recognises the magnitude of the task despite his side possessing a healthy lead.

“We know we are not a normal semi-finalist and will behave accordingly. The only way to reach a dream is to do it bravely,” he concluded.

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