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DORTMUND---Borussia Dortmund coach
Juergen Klopp is well aware that most people
expect Bayern Munich to win the teams all-
German Champions League final. The only
thing he wants his players to know is that
they re in with a chance.
"Bayern are very sure of themselves and
they feel confident of beating us for various
reasons. After losing the final so many times
it creates huge will to win," Klopp said yes-
terday, referring to Bayern s two near misses
in three years. "We don t think we ll just win
like that. We think we have the chance to.
That has to do us."
Bayern will be the favourite at Wembley on
May 25, especially after dismantling Barcelona
7--0 on aggregate in the semifinals, but Klopp
pointed out that there have been many upsets
in football before. He especially referred to
West Germany s win over the famed Hungarian
team at the World Cup in 1954, and German
coach Sepp Herberger s words before the final.
"He didn t say, We re going to win this
game. He said, We can win this game. And
I m sure the Hungarians thought differently."
No matter what happens, Klopp is deter-
mined to make sure his team enjoys the occa-
sion following an "incredible journey" to make
it to Wembley.
"It s still extraordinary," said Klopp, whose
side overcame Spanish giant Real Madrid 4--3
on aggregate to reach the final.
"You almost forget who we left behind.
Such huge teams with such rich traditions.
We re enjoying the moment and we ll enjoy
Dortmund came within minutes of being
eliminated in the quarterfinals, only to score
two goals in injury time to defeat Malaga 3--2.
The improbability of that escape and the man-
ner of Dortmund s 4--1 win over Madrid in
the first leg of their semifinal has fans in this
football-mad city dreaming of a second Euro-
Klopp, speaking before about 160 assembled
journalists and 32 camera teams, was keen to
downplay the euphoria and contain the excite-
"I don t pay attention to the stuff going on
around the club. I don t see how others get
into a frenzy," he said. "It s great how every-
thing is cast in a better light. But really, it
remains just a football game."
Not just any game, though. Even Klopp gets
excited when he allows himself to think about
lifting the most prestigious trophy in European
"If you want to achieve something, you
really have to do your best and reach out the
window, to be ready to dream," he said. "It s
the only chance for us and the only thing I
want---that this team can take this cup and
put it in the club museum, to show how
extraordinary this is. That s all. We re ready
to try everything."
A Dortmund win would ruin an otherwise
perfect season for bitter rival Bayern, which
ran away with the Bundesliga title in record
fashion and is also the overwhelming favourite
against Stuttgart in the German Cup final on
Mario Goetze is recovering from the left
hamstring injury sustained against Madrid,
but Klopp was confident the 20-year-old will
"Goetze is running again. We will intensify
the training programme toward the end of the
week. The plan is for him to start training
with the team next week. Then we ll see. It s
all gone according to plan so far," Klopp said.
It would be Goetze s last game for Dortmund
before his eyebrow-raising switch to Bayern.
The attacking midfielder is considered Ger-
many s top prospect and Bayern is parting
with €37 million to activate his buy-out clause.
"We didn t want it but we have to accept
it," said Dortmund sports director Michael
Zorc. "We won t have these clauses anymore
even if it means we lose one or two players."
If Goetze doesn t recover on time, German
team-mate Ilkay Gundogan will be expected
to take his position behind Polish striker Robert
"I don t think it s that difficult. I played
there in the youth teams and know what s
required of the position. I know what I have
to do," Gundogan said.
Lewandowski, who has ten goals in the
competition so far, is reportedly another trans-
fer target for Bayern. The Polish striker has
refused to sign a new deal at Dortmund and
Bayern s interest has inflamed further tension
between the sides.
"All of us, Robert included, are totally con-
centrated on this game," Klopp said. "Afterward
we can worry about such things. It s a big if
(he leaves). I m presuming that he stays. I m
not even thinking about him leaving."
Dortmund defender Mats Hummels, a for-
mer Bayern player, said the recent bad blood
between the clubs provided no added incentive
"Just reaching this final itself should be
motivation enough for us," Hummels said.
Dortmund beat Juventus 3--1 to win the
trophy in 1997, its only previous appearance
at this stage, and Klopp was keen to draw par-
allels in the challenge facing his side.
"Juve were probably the best team in the
world at the time, with (Zinedine) Zidane and
all those players. Dortmund had no chance
before the game and look how that turned
out. Of course it s an inspiration," Klopp said.
"We want to make our parents proud. If we
win, we re not the best team in the world, but
we ll have beaten the best team in the world."
...ahead of Wembley Champions League final
Dortmund head coach Juergen Klopp laughs at a press conference prior to the Champions
League semifinal first leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid in
Dortmund, Germany, on April 23. Dortmund will meet Bayern Munich in the final on May 25.
LONDON---The Premier League
could go into extra time.
After the final round of matches on
Sunday, Arsenal and Chelsea could
have to contest a playoff to
determine who finishes third and
claims an automatic Champions
League qualification place.
Chelsea currently has a two-point
lead over Arsenal. But if Arsenal
beats Newcastle 2--1 and Chelsea
draws 0--0 with Everton on Sunday,
the teams would be level on points
and have the same number of goals
scored and conceded.
Premier League rules state that
the teams would have to meet in a
playoff on a neutral venue to decide
The fourth-place finisher, which
could still be Arsenal, Chelsea or
Tottenham, would then have to play
a Champions League qualifier in
August to reach the group stage.
Arsenal, Chelsea could face playoff to decide third
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