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Klopp Prefers Heavy Metal Dortmund To Wenger's Arsenal Orchestra

Jurgen Klopp has given a zinging interview ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League clash with Arsenal.

 

The in-demand Dortmund boss has just penned a contract extension with the Bundesliga club, and is looking forward to more success there.

He would love his next result to be a big win over the Gunners, but certainly does not believe it will be easy.

He says he has a great deal of admiration for Arsenal manager “Sir” Arsene Wenger.

But that he expects the match to be a clash of styles between his “heavy metal” swashbucklers, and Wenger’s ‘orchestral’ passers.

“He is really something. I love him. He is Sir -- Sir Arsene Wenger for me,” Klopp said in The Guardian, ahead of the tantalising contest.

“I think he likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra, but it’s a silent song, yeah? And I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud! I want to have this: ‘Booooom!’”

But Klopp stops short of all-out fawning when it comes to Arsenal and Wenger.

He says that while the Frenchman’s style may be as pretty on the eye as Barcelona’s, the fact is that a trophy drought endures at the Emirates. And so for him, the heavy metal style holds court.

“If Barcelona's team of the last four years were the first one that I saw play when I was four years of age -- with their serenity, winning 5-0, 6-0 -- I would have played tennis. Sorry, that is not enough for me. What I love is that there are some things you can do in football to allow each team to win most of the matches.

“It is not serenity football -- it is fighting football. That is what I like. What we call in German ‘English [football]’: rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks. This is Borussia.

"When I watch Arsenal in the last 10 years, it is nearly perfect football, but we all know they didn't win a title. In Britain they say that they like Arsenal but they have to win something. Who wins the title? Chelsea, but with different football, I would say. This is the philosophy of Arsene Wenger. I love this but I cannot coach this because I am a different guy.

“You think many things are similar? I hope so in some moments, but there are big differences, too.”

Meanwhile, Klopp says that although he does not have his “dream team” just yet, he is satisfied at Dortmund because he “does not want those problems.”

However, there is one player he admits he would love to manage.

“I wouldn’t have any problem working with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic,” he said.

“We’d get on well. Crazy players love me. I don’t know why...”

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