Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has promised to attack Juventus when the Italian Champions come to Dortmund in the return leg of the Champions League round of sixteen clash next month.
Tuesdaya s first leg resulted in a 2-1 defeat for Kloppa s side who got that crucial away goal through star player Marco Reus. The manager, however, conceded that Juventus were good value for the win as they produced an impressive show, especially in the second half.
Nevertheless, he said that the Italian club must be careful as Dortmund will be in their faces in the second leg. In fact, he even revealed a little bit about his sidea s strategy going into the return game.
“Juve will not have been put under as much pressure in their own stadium as we put them under in the first half,” he said at a post-match press conference. “It’s a clue as to how we will play against them in the return. The result means we are still in the running, can still make it an exciting evening, and we head home not too unhappy.
“We did so many things right during the first half, pressured our opponents, but both goals were too easily conceded. We weren’t able to repeat that in the second half. That was partly due to the fact that we had to make two changes to the one position which unbalanced us somewhat.
“Juve had two big chances in the second half; we had none really so the 1-2 is fair enough. We couldn’t do more than we did today.”
Reus, who has recently signed a new long term deal with the club, also criticized Dortmunda s performance in the second half and admitted that his team will need to do better at the Signal Iduna Park.
“We knew at half-time that we needed to defend better,” he told his club’s official website. “After the equaliser I thought we could get more out of it. We were right in the game before we conceded a silly goal. Unfortunately the equaliser didn’t help much to settle our nerves.
“In the second half we were lucky not to concede a third. We weren’t determined enough and will have to do much better in the last third.
“But everything is possible. Now we have to fix this in the second leg.”