Klopp: Dortmund play 'English' football

Jurgen Klopp claims Borussia Dortmund's style of play has more in common with English football than Barcelona.

Last Updated: 04/11/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

Dortmund face Arsenal in Germany on Wednesday, after beating them 2-1 in their first Champions League encounter, and in an interview with a number of English journalists, Klopp expressed his admiration for Arsene Wenger.

Klopp is quoted in The Guardian as saying: "He likes having the ball, playing football, passes ... it's like an orchestra. But it's a silent song, yeah? I like heavy metal.

"For me, he is Sir Arsène Wenger, he is really something, I love him. But I'm this guy, with high fives. I always want it loud."

Klopp went on to claim that his Dortmund side owe more to a traditional 'English style of play than to Barcelona's intricate passing.

He said: "If Barcelona's team of the last four years were the first one that I saw play when I was four years of age ... with their serenity, winning 5-0, 6-0 ... I would have played tennis. Sorry, that is not enough for me. What I love is that there are some things you can do in football to allow each team to win most of the matches.

"It is not serenity football, it is fighting football - that is what I like. What we call in German - English [football] ... rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks. This is Borussia.

"When I watch Arsenal in the last 10 years, it is nearly perfect football, but we all know they didn't win a title. In Britain they say that they like Arsenal but they have to win something. Who wins the title? Chelsea, but with different football, I would say.

"This is the philosophy of Arsène Wenger. I love this but I cannot coach this because I am a different guy. You think many things are similar? I hope so in some moments, but there are big differences, too."

Klopp also addressed rumours that various English clubs tried to recruit him in the summer, with Chelsea and Manchester City both said to have been interested in him.

"I know that some clubs were interested, of course," he said. "They thought about us.

"You know these clubs ... they changed coaches last season. Man City? But I don't say anything about this. From other countries, they were also interested."

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