BORUSSIA Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has vowed not to abandon his team’s style despite facing the defining moment of his career without midfield inspiration Mario Goetze.
Dortmund would be underdogs against German behemoths Bayern Munich even with Goetze, but without the nimble playmaker their task in tomorrow’s Champions League final at Wembley looks even more daunting.
Bayern romped to the Bundesliga title some 25 points ahead of Klopp’s men, have beaten them twice this term already and could yet complete the treble in coach Jupp Heynckes’ final campaign at the Allianz Arena.
But Klopp said: “We have never adapted to our opponents, neither have Bayern, so why should we do it now? Just because it’s a final? The trick is to treat it like a normal game, but execute it in a special way, and we will do that. And that will be decisive.”
The maverick coach has admitted to being distraught that Goetze, 20, has elected to defect to Bayern in the summer – news that threatened to derail their semi-final evisceration of Real Madrid.
The jewel in a hugely talented German generation is the first signing of incoming Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, who will replace veteran Heynckes during the close season in his first role since masterminding Barcelona’s reign.
Heynckes could yet bow out with a second Champions League title, however, having lifted the European Cup with Real Madrid in 1998, but is already overwhelmed by what has been a landmark campaign.
“I’ve never experienced this, and that’s why this is an extraordinary season,” the 68-year-old said. “We have broken almost all records.
“We have a top squad of players and it doesn’t matter who starts in the game the team always works well.”
GERMANY’S domination of European football is apparent in the women’s game too, after Wolfsburg recorded a 1-0 win in the Champions League final at Stamford Bridge last night against French side Lyon, who lost for the first time in 118 competitive matches.