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Klopp says Dortmund will attack Malaga

8 April 2013 19:50

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp has promised that his side will score when they face Malaga in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The deposed Bundesliga champions missed a number of chances during last week's 0-0 draw at La Rosaleda but Klopp is confident that there will be no such wastefulness this time around in the second leg of their quarter-final.

"Our big mistake in the first leg was not squandering chances, but how we reacted to it," the 45-year-old told reporters.

"We have to do better than that tomorrow and I believe we will. The atmosphere was really good in Malaga, but I am convinced we can top that tomorrow, and we will need the fans to get behind us."

Klopp emphasised that his side will not be taking anything for granted against the Andalusians.

"Everything's set for a good match - including our opponent," he added.

"I have no idea why people think you can just win at Malaga like that. They are a strong opponent, but we are fully in the tie. Those who need guarantees in football should close their eyes for 90 minutes tomorrow."

Dortmund have been missing Mats Hummels and Jakub Blaszczykowski recently through injury but Klopp is optimistic that both will return to the fold.

"Things are looking positive for the doubtful players, Hummels included," he said.

Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke, meanwhile, believes the club are back among Europe's elite after being 'finished' just eight years ago.

Watzke has hailed their recent achievements following their brush with bankruptcy.

"Borussia Dortmund were finished eight years ago and now we belong to the cream of European football," he told UEFA.com.

"We are the only club unbeaten, which alone is extraordinary. If we make the semi-finals - alongside Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich - then you could rightly say we are at the top level in Europe."

Midfielder Sven Bender said Dortmund need to remain cautious in order to progress to the semi-finals.

"Nil-nil was a dangerous result," he said.

"We have to keep the balance between attacking football and a good defence. The worst thing would be for us to be hit on a counterattack."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
9 April 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
3 - 2
On aggregate
3 - 2
Venue
Signal-Iduna-Park (Dortmund)
Attendance
65829

Goals

0 - 1
25' Joaquín
 (assist by Isco)
R. Lewandowski 40'
(assist by M. Reus) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
82' Eliseu
 (assist by Júlio Baptista)
M. Reus 90'+1
(assist by Felipe Santana) 
2 - 2
Felipe Santana 90'+3
(assist by J. Schieber) 
3 - 2

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18 82'
24
27
1
4
9
12

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