Klopp: Silver medals are better than no medals

Date published: Tuesday 17th May 2016 3:55

Jurgen Klopp says he hold no ‘frustration’ about losing Champions League, German Cup and Capital One Cup finals with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

Klopp’s Dortmund lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich in 2013 and lost 3-1 in the final of Germany’s cup competition in his final game of manager. He then lost his first final as a Liverpool manager when Manchester City won the Capital One Cup on penalties.

Asked if he is due some luck in finals ahead of the Europa League cup final against Sevilla, he said: “Not really. No frustration. Before a final I think only about a performance. All you can do is win or lose!

“All the teams in finals I have had performed really well and had close games, so I am not frustrated in my final record. Sure, I could have won more, but that is how it is. When it’s over it’s over.”I was not happy after finals when I didn’t win, but I don’t think about it now. I have silver medals, but that’s better than no medals. The longer you go without winning, the harder you try.”

When asked how he prepares a team to play in a final, the German said: “As normal as possible. The special circumstances are obvious – we have to do more press work, everything changes. Since 2-3 weeks, everybody wants to ask about this game, tickets etc. The rest needs to be as usual as possible, otherwise our preparation for other games would have been wrong.

“We had pressure against Villarreal, Dortmund, and these boys always did a perfect job, so why should I change. If I change, they think ‘maybe he thinks they are not ready’. I am sure they are ready.

“That’s the situation. We feel good. I am pleased that I can be part of this moment, with this team. When I came here there was doubt about these players, and I am happy that they could show how strong they are. Tomorrow is a big chance to take a big step.

“Winning tomorrow will make it much easier for you to say this season has been a success. I will try to help.”

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