Jurgen Klopp is perhaps the most revered manager in all of the Bundesliga. He’s been nothing but loyal to his side, Borussia Dortmund, and with the news of his moving on from managing the club he’s been at since XX, it’s been an emotional end to the season.
The emotion boiled over on Tuesday night in the DFB-Pokal tie with the other giants of German soccer, Bayern Munich.
First there was the emotion of Bayern Munich trying to show a sign of appreciation for what he’s meant to the German game in general. Bayern Munich were wanting to present flowers to Klopp before the match, but the manager had other ideas about that according to DWSports.com:
“It’s a lovely gesture, but on Tuesday we’re looking for a fight,” Klopp said. “We don’t want to be softened up by flowers.”
Well, that was pretty clear — and Dortmund was about to put up a major fight indeed. The two sides were about to undertake the DFK-Pokal semi-final, and it was a battle to the bitter end.
It all started with former Dortmund star, Robert Lewandowski, going all GOALAZO for his newer side, Bayern Munich.
— gizmonek (@gizmo_NE) April 28, 2015
That moment gave the league champions a 1-0 lead and the upper hand in the semi-final tie. It also meant that the Polish star has now scored a goal in all three of the contests between his new and old club.
However, the fireworks were far from over, and the emotions for Klopp were only beginning to be stirred.
Dortmund would equalize on a “controversial” goal that Munich’s Manuel Neuer would claim he saved, but video evidence was pretty clear in the ball going well over the line.
In the end, a mighty tie between the two giants of German soccer was decided by an ugly penalty shootout. One that saw Bayern Munich miss all four of its attempts, including slips from the first two penalty takers — Phillip Lahm and Xabi Alonso.
In the end, Dortmund were able to make two of its four needed attempts, and will advance on to the final of the DFB-Pokal. Along with that, Klopp has a chance to go out as a champion — a fitting end to one of the better love affairs in world soccer.
Dortmund will take on the winner of tomorrow’s tie between Arminia and Wolfsburg.
Still there was some potential for the two sides who don’t really love each other to boil over. Let’s just say Pep wasn’t exactly happy & Klopp’s running right past him in celebration didn’t help either.
That is one cold stare from Pep. pic.twitter.com/UM5tdtD6Ig
— KICKTV (@KICKTV) April 28, 2015
Luckily both coaches were able to shake hands later and the whole mess would blow over.
Klopp’s emotional love for Borussia Dortmund should never be questioned, especially after this moment following the extra time victory.