Klopp v Mourinho: The scoreline is 12-8 so far…

Date published: Thursday 12th October 2017 9:00

The eighth meeting between the pair happens this Saturday. Jurgen Klopp has only been beaten once by Mourinho (and he only won the battle and not the war). Let’s take a proper look at those seven meetings…

 

1) Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Real Madrid (Champions League Group D, October 24 2012)

The scene
Real Madrid had stormed to the top of a ridiculously hard Champions League group with two wins over Manchester City and Ajax, while Dortmund had been denied a second win at City by a last-minute penalty from Mario Balotelli. Madrid went into the game missing defenders Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao. Hence, Michael Essien at left-back.

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Bender, Kehl; Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Essien; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

The game
Borussia Dortmund were wonderful, cutting through Real Madrid at ease – especially when Sami Khedira left the fray after just 20 minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real some hope with his lob but Robert Lewandowski and Marcel Schmelzer scored the decisive goals for a Dortmund side that pressed diligently and then attacked in an unstoppable swarm.

The key stat
Real Madrid had 57% of the ball but managed only two shots on target.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “They had more of the ball…but that was not a bad thing for us.”

Jose Mourinho: “This group is very tough. Some of them are a joke but this is the group.”

 

2) Real Madrid 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League Group D, November 6 2012)

The scene
See above. Between the two games Real Madrid had waltzed through two La Liga games with a 9-0 aggregate scoreline, while Borussia Dortmund’s form in Germany was a little less decisive. The scene was set for Mourinho revenge…

The line-ups
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1):
Casillas; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa; Modric, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Kehl; Reus, Gotze, Grosskreutz; Lewandowski

The game
Real Madrid were destroyed in the first half (with Lewandowski heading on for goals from Marco Reus and Alvaro Arbeloa) but the half-time introduction of Michael Essien and particularly José Callejón turned the tide in the Spanish club’s favour. They eventually rescued a point with an 89th-minute free-kick from Mesut Ozil, who clearly used to deliver on big occasions.

The key stat
Borussia Dortmund had only 35% possession and striker Robert Lewandowski recorded only a 56.7% pass completion rate.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “Overall it was a lot of fun and a very intensive match. We forced our opponents to all kinds of things that they weren’t necessarily willing to do. It was a great game.”

Jose Mourinho: “We committed two bad defensive errors. When you play against good teams and you make mistakes, they kill you.”

 

3) Borussia Dortmund 4-1 Real Madrid (Champions League semi-final, first leg, April 24 2013)

The scene
Semi-final time came with Real Madrid having beaten Manchester United 3-2 over two legs and Borussia Dortmund having edged past Malaga by the same scoreline. Klopp had enjoyed the upper hand over Mourinho so far, but obviously the Portuguese knows how not to lose big away games…

The line-ups
Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Bender, Gundogan; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Lopez; Ramos, Varane, Pepe, Coentrao; Khedira, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain

The game
It was basically a piece of piss for Borussia Dortmund as Robert Lewandowski – ably assisted by the sublime Ilkay Gundogan – tore Real Madrid asunder with four goals. When Ronaldo equalised after a Mats Hummels mistake just before half-time it felt unjust, but Klopp’s men claimed the scoreline their scintillating football deserved with three goals in 17 pulsating second-half minutes.

The key stat
Robert Lewandowski scored with four of his five shots on target.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp:  “That was pure football tonight, my players were unstoppable.”

Jose Mourinho: “We know everything about them and everything about Lewandowski, but we lost him for three of his goals, which is not good enough. When you lose and you deserve to, it is not so hard to take.”

 

4) Real Madrid 2-0 Borussia Dortmund (Champions League semi-final, second leg, April 30 2013)

The scene
Jose Mourinho was a wounded man. And how can you tell when he is wounded? He starts sniping, of course. “Since the day of the draw, Klopp talks every day,” said Mourinho. Klopp’s response? “Mourinho says I speak too much? That’s what one of my teachers used to tell me.” Now for the actual football, with Real needing to win 3-0 to advance to the final in London…

The line-ups
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1):
Lopez; Essien, Varane, Pepe, Arbeloa; Modric, Alonso; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Higuain

Borussia Dortmund (4-2-3-1): Weidenfeller; Piszczek, Hummels, Subotic, Schmelzer; Gundogan, Bender; Blaszczykowski, Gotze, Reus; Lewandowski

The game
Real Madrid couldn’t be that bad again, could they? Well, they weren’t, but nor could they land a significant blow until the 83rd minute, when substitute Karim Benzema gave them hope. Sergio Ramos added a second before full-time but it was Dortmund who lost the battle but won the war, advancing to the final to face Bayern Munich.

The key stat
Ronaldo hit the target with just one of his six attempts on goal.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: Dortmund apparently are an all-inclusive club, so we always make things exciting, one way or another.

Jose Mourinho: “In football you win or you lose, and we could have won this tie. Today we were a team, with character and desire, and we could have done it.”

 

5) Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool (Premier League, October 31 2015)

The scene
Jurgen Klopp had been in the Liverpool job only a matter of weeks but had begun his Premier League sojourn with two draws. Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho was very obviously coming to the end of his second Chelsea reign, having won only once in seven games in all competitions.

The line-ups
Chelsea (4-2-3-1):
Begovic; Zouma, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Mikel; Willian, Hazard, Oscar; Costa

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno; Milner, Leiva, Can; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho.

The game
Chelsea took an early lead through Ramires but that was a false dawn, with Philippe Coutinho the architect of a wonderful Liverpool victory as the Blues once again collapsed. The Brazilian cut inside and curled one sumptuous shot home in first-half injury time (of course) before adding another midway through the second half. Christian Benteke added a third late in the game to leave the visiting Liverpool fans bowing in adoration of their new German hero.

The key stat
Willian, Eden Hazard and Oscar combined to create a grand total of one chance in 90 minutes.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp:  “I’ve been here three weeks. You think, after one win at Chelsea, we should be thinking about a title?”

Jose Mourinho: “The fans are not stupid, I don’t need to tell them anything. They know how much myself and the players are trying. They know why they are getting bad results. The fight goes on, but sometimes there are fights very impossible to win. You go to a fight with different ammunition. I can play against any team or manager.”

 

6) Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United (Premier League, October 17 2016)

The scene
Liverpool were flying, having lost just once in all competitions (against Burnley) and sitting pretty in fourth with the chance to go level on points with leaders Manchester City; United were finding life a little more difficult in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge and had already fallen to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford. They could not risk another damaging defeat. This would be a classic. This would be Red Monday.

The line-ups
Liverpool (4-3-3):
 Karius; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson, Can, Coutinho; Mane, Sturridge, Firmino.

Manchester United (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Bailly, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Fellaini; Rashford, Pogba, Young; Ibrahimovic.

The game
It was eye-bleedingly awful.

The key stat
Manchester United had just 35% of the possession – their lowest since Opta started taking records in 2003/04.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp:  “I’ve got mixed emotions. I’m not happy with the game. It was a hectic game. There was pressure here, pressure there. I don’t think we played as well as we could have. That’s our fault, nobody else’s.”

Jose Mourinho: “It is a result that stops a direct opponent getting three points at home, so not a bad result.”

 

7) Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool (Premier League, January 15 2017)

The scene
Without Sadio Mane, Liverpool had been struggling; January had already brought a Premier League draw at Sunderland, an embarrassing 0-0 draw with Plymouth in the FA Cup and League Cup exit to Southampton. This time it was Manchester United who were flying, coming off the back of nine straight wins in all competitions.

The line-ups
Manchester United (4-3-3):
De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Darmian; Pogba, Carrick, Herrera; Martial, Ibrahimovic, Mkhitaryan.

Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Firmino, Origi, Lallana.

The game
It was frantic and it was fast-paced but it was also error-strewn, with Paul Pogba’s handball proving costly as James Milner gave Liverpool the lead from the penalty spot. Manchester United huffed and puffed in search of an equaliser, and eventually and inevitably Marouane Fellaini entered the fray; it was his header against the post that led to Zlatan’s 84th-minute equaliser.

The key stat
Manchester United played 102 long balls to Liverpool’s 70.

The quotes
Jurgen Klopp: “It is so intense. They play long balls, it was a wild game.”

Jose Mourinho: “We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended – let’s see if the critics are fair.”

 

Sarah Winterburn

 

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