I Will Be Playing Against The ‘World’s Strongest Team’ – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp will be returning to the club at which he built his reputation and this is the tie most neutral fans were hoping to see at some stage of the Europa League.

But the German, who replaced Brendan Rodgers in October, said after Thursday’s 3-1 aggregate victory against Manchester United that he wanted to avoid them in the last eight.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are widely considered favourites for the competition after beating Tottenham, who are second in the Premier League, 5-1 on aggregate in the last 16.

“Dortmund – why would I want the world’s strongest team?” said Klopp, when asked whether he would like to face his former club in the next round.

“But if we go there, we try to win. We have to be prepared and hopefully we are.”

The former Mainz manager led Dortmund to the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga titles, plus the 2013 Champions League final, before asking to be released from his contract.

However, the 1997 Champions League winners struggled in Klopp’s final season and were briefly bottom of the Bundesliga before rallying to finish seventh.

Under Tuchel, Dortmund are second in the German top-flight, five points behind Bayern Munich, and unbeaten in their past 14 matches in all competitions.

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