Liverpool-Real Madrid: Jurgen Klopp digs in Bayern

Champions League “Not the first time…”

Klopp drilled into Bayern before the Grand Final

UEFA Champions League Final - Liverpool Press Conference

Jurgen Klopp is looking forward to the final

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Jurgen Klopp wants to win the Champions League with Liverpool against Real Madrid on Saturday night. Shortly before the big final, the coach is at his best and gives Bayern Munich his hand. He remembers 2013.

yOrgan Club gleefully jumped onto the podium and threw out his biggest smile of toothpaste. Even an unwelcome déjà vu from Bayern Munich hasn’t dampened the Liverpool coach’s palpable anticipation for the biggest game of a fantastic season so far.

“This is not the first time in my life that rumors have surfaced about Bayern Munich before a decisive match,” Klopp said. About 24 hours before the Champions League final against Real Madrid with Toni Kroos on Saturday (9pm / ZDF and DAZN) in Paris, the coach also had to answer questions about rumors about Sadio Mane and Bayern Munich.

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The 54-year-old was reminded of 2013, when – a day before the Champions League semi-final with Borussia Dortmund against Real – Mario Gotze’s transfer from Dortmund to Bayern Munich was leaked. The next day, BVB won 4-1 with four goals from Robert Lewandowski. Perhaps that’s why Klopp was unimpressed on Friday.

“I can’t care about that. This is the wrong moment. We are all focused on the match,” he said. But I have no concerns. No matter where Sadio plays next year, he will be a great player. “When asked by a journalist from Mane’s home country if Mane would have a good chance of being named a world player if he won the final, Klopp replied in a good mood. “Experience shows that if you want to win the election, you have to either be Ronaldo or Messi. Or win the Champions League final. So that would increase the chances.”

“I would also like to play on concrete,” says Klopp.

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Discussions about turf can’t hurt Klopp either. He was transferred the day before the match, which the coach called an “interesting idea”. He said: “But please don’t write the story that Klopp is complaining about on the grass. That does not beat my one per cent expectations. I would also like to play on concrete. It is important that they both have the same requirements.”

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Only at the end of his press conference did Klopp think briefly. He has not yet dealt with the fact that the final was moved from St. Petersburg to Paris months ago. Then he began to respond calmly and slowly. It escalated into a plea for peace. “I am glad that the game is here for a thousand reasons. The war is going on and we are always thinking about it. The fact that the game is still taking place, but not in St. Petersburg, is exactly the right sign you should hand over to Russia,” he said: “Life goes on, even if you want to destroy it. We are playing this final for all people. Not only, but also for those who are in Ukraine. ”

Klopp allowed this private thinking, otherwise there would have been a complete focus on the match. It will be necessary, because not only will the two best teams in Europe meet this season, but also above all the two with the strongest mentality. “I like it when Jurgen Klopp says his players are ‘mental beasts’,” says Xabi Alonso, who has played not only for Bayern Munich but for both finalists. Because Real Madrid – these are the other mental monsters.”

Real Madrid was unbeatable in the last two minutes

The Spaniards have proven this several times recently. Klopp was also deeply affected by the way Real turned the match, first against Paris Saint-Germain, then against defending champions FC Chelsea, especially in the semi-final against Manchester City with two goals in extra time. Klopp, the first German coach to qualify for the first division final for the fourth time, said: “If it takes the last two minutes of every game for Real, they are unbeatable. Fortunately, there are still 88 minutes. Before that. We are not in the final either with magic. We deserve it. also “.

Klopp brought the term “mental monster” into effect in Spain at the beginning of May. After reaching the final in Villarreal, he again admired the attitude of his players and tried to translate. With “Mentalidad monstruoso” he could potentially. A day later, Real showed what they meant against City.

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The royals advance to the final with a lot of self-confidence. “Personally, I can only feel anticipation because we have only positive thoughts,” said Kroos, who has already won the 73.5cm and 7.5kg pot handle once with Bayern Munich and three times with Real. David Alaba, who won it twice with Munich and moved to Madrid in the summer, explained in “Kicker”: “We are Real Madrid. With this self-confidence we lead to Paris. We are a team that can always fight, and never give up.”

But the Reds are brave, too. 13 players were present in the 2019 victory over Tottenham. Klopp has long ignored the recent shock he suffered in six finals he lost in various competitions. “It’s good that I don’t talk about the six defeats anymore. But that’s my story. This journey has been important to me. You have to know that there is only one winner. Maybe my lesson was a little bit harder.” And with the great mentality, he made it through.

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