Borussia Dortmund are lucky to have Jurgen Klopp.
Smart, honest and funny, Klopp is winning at the game of life. And he needed all of his positive characteristics to address the issue of Mario Gotze’s defection to Bayern Munich.
The Bavarian giants loom ominously over German and European club football.
On the same day they announced they had poached the best player from their biggest domestic rivals, they swatted aside arguably the best club team the world has ever seen.
Next season, with Gotze, they will be stronger.
Klopp knows that, and he says that Dortmund are hurt by the way they lost Gotze to Bayern, and the way the news was revealed.
But he is also honest about the process.
"We are incredibly disappointed but we cannot ignore the fact that this was done according to his contract,” Klopp said last night.
“We don't like [Bayern paying Gotze's buy-out clause] but we did the same this season with Marco Reus and Borussia Mönchengladbach weren't happy either."
The timing of the news leak is suspicious, and whether or not it was by design, it has weakened Dortmund’s hand ahead of their Champions League showdown against Real Madrid tonight. It may also have given Bayern an extra boost as they took on Barca- just another little sign of their rise.
It’s no secret that Bayern president Uli Hoeness recently handed himself in to the police for tax evasion. But that’s yesterday’s news now, and Klopp knows it.
"It could have been worse: it could have happened a couple of hours before the game," Klopp said.
"But on a scale of one to 10, this is a nine. We all know why it has come out now. We don't know why the people who have leaked this have done so at such a delicate time. We can only speculate but we are all making the same suppositions."
Meanwhile, Dortmund’s fans are justifiably angry that their team has been dealt a blow on what should be the eve of a great footballing celebration.
They are already burning Gotze shirts across Westphalia, but Klopp has urged the fans to back the team to the hilt when Real come to town.
And, with his admirable sense of humour, he has promised that his team’s will to win has not been dented by the body blow it has received, with the poorly-timed news that their talisman is leaving for Bayern Munich.
"Gotze has gone because he is [incoming Bayern boss Pep] Guardiola's personal chosen signing and he wants to play with Guardiola, in his style,” Klopp said.
“I can't make myself 15cm shorter or start speaking Spanish. I cannot preach a football based on quick transitions and then [suddenly] start playing tiki-taka.
"We're hurt but this makes us even more determined. If there are any fans who cannot leave their disappointment behind them, I would ask them not to come and instead to give their ticket to someone else. I don't know why they would release this now but if they want to make it so that we do not win, I can tell them that they will not succeed."