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Klopp optimistic Goetze will return for UEFA Champions League final

15 May 2013 14:29

Juergen Klopp is hopeful that Mario Goetze will be fit for Borussia Dortmund's UEFA Champions League final clash with Bayern Munich.

The 20-year-old midfielder, who will move to Bayern for the start of the

next Bundesliga campaign, has been sidelined with a hamstring injury since

Dortmund’s semi-final second-leg against Real Madrid.

After 14 minutes in the Santiago Bernabeu,

he tore his hamstring and had to watch on as his team were beaten 2-0,

but still progressed to the final at Wembley on 25 May thanks to their 4-1

victory a week earlier at Westfalenstadion.

The Germany international has been undergoing intensive treatment to get him

back in time for their first UEFA

Champions League final since 1997, and Klopp was optimistic he would be fit to

make his 40th appearance for the club this season after resuming

training.

"We will intensify training and the plan is that he will begin to train

with the team next week," he said. "Then I hope everything stays as it

is, after that we will decide whether it works or not."

Klopp is delighted that his side have reached the Wembley showpiece so soon into his reign, and is hopeful that they can secure a win in the "fairytale" final.

He added: "When anything happens in life that you don't expect, that you wouldn't even dream of, that you would actually consider impossible, if that happens, then yes it's a fairytale.

"And that's been the case for us. We won the Bundesliga two years ahead of schedule, a year later became double champion too early, and now I'd say that we've exceeded our own expectations by being in the Champions League final."

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Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
25 May 2013
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 2
Venue
Wembley Stadium (London)
Attendance
86298

Goals

0 - 1
I. Gündogan (PG) 68'  
1 - 1
1 - 2

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
23
5
7
20
21
27
# Player Bookings
30
33
5
11
14
22
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