Jürgen Klopp was full of praise for his team following the impressive win over Werder Bremen on Saturday. He had nothing to criticise, even Werder’s late consolation goal didn’t spoil his mood. The Dortmund coach called it a “great game by my team and we were not to be beaten today.”
What’s your verdict on the game?
We were not to be beaten today. It was a great game by my team, and fun to watch. We saw from the off what we want to see week in and week out and what we are hopefully going to see every week now. There was nothing to criticise about our game. We should have avoided the goal, but even I wasn’t focused anymore.
What did you like most?
We pressed the ball very well. Our counter-pressing was extremely good, and this is how the first goal came about. It was not easy for Werder to break free as we were courageous and determined. In the first half we also kept the ball well. We got into the right spaces, and played football in the half spaces and between the lines. That opened the wings up, and both full-backs were involved.
Two-goal Henrikh Mkhitaryan was under some criticism before the game?
We know exactly what he’s capable of, something football fans and journalists tend to forget. If things don’t go according to plan for two or three weeks, everything is questioned. We don’t do that. We also look at the work done in training. Nevertheless, it’s important to show this level of performance in the games as well. We will work on this. We know he has the quality, and he and we are aware that he should show this more often. This performance today was of course very important to him.
Robert Lewandowski has made a lot of headlines this season. Is he this good because he can take a fair bit and because he’s a good character?
We’ve never had a doubt about that. You will not hear a bad word from me about Robert. I have been working with him for four years. What he does and how he has developed is exceptional. When he joined us, he was a clear back-up to Lucas Barrios. He has a very good attitude to the game, and also to the team and the club. The fact that he’s leaving us at the end of the season is part of football.
Manuel Friedrich also scored today.
It was his first game in the Bundesliga this year, but he came in and was fully focused after three minutes. He played a great game and scored a great goal.