Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp says the initially heart-breaking defection of Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich is already “irrelevant.”
Klopp is of the opinion that Dortmund’s summer signings like Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have made his squad stronger.
And he is especially excited to dub Dortmund’s class of 2013-14 “the young wild ones”, with talented youngsters like Marvin Ducksch, Jonas Hofmann and Erik Durm all suggesting they are the club’s nest wave of first-team regulars, having graduated from the youth system.
And so while he still maintains that he would have preferred to keep Gotze, who he lovingly reared from the youth set-up to stardom, Klopp insists that he has moved on.
"One can say that there is a chance the team will play even better," Klopp said, when asked how the loss of Gotze is impacting his team, echoing the sentiments of star striker, Robert Lewandowski.
"Mario's transfer has not had a negative impact on us.
“It would have been nice if it had not happened but from a sporting point of view, his loss is already irrelevant."
While Dortmund may not have household names fighting over every position like Bayern do, they have already proved that they will give the Treble champions a run for their money this season.
And it is no wonder Klopp is full of fighting talk, with such a promising season ahead.
"We have a very good squad," he said.
"Now it is up to us to make our fans forget last season and Mario."