Of tension in the run-up to the final of the Champions League, Saturday to 21 hours in Madrid against Tottenham Hotspur, it seemed to Jürgen Klopp on Friday. The German trainer of Liverpool made in his concluding press conference on the eve of the match, a relaxed and self-confident impression. “We want the cup win, therefore we are here,” said Klopp, who last season with Liverpool in the final of Real Madrid lost. “When surprised ourselves with a final. As constant as now we were not.”
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For Klopp it is his third Champions League final as a coach. In 2013, he lost, also been with Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich. The last six finals, all national and international cups included, got Klopp as the losing coach from the field. With that series, he was also a Friday in stadium Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid to face.
“Since 2012, I am almost every year in a final with the club I lead. Maybe I’m even a world record holder in winning the semi-finals. I would have a book to write about, but no one would buy that,” joked Klopp. “If I would come, that my teams to six finals in succession have lost, I would have to worry about tomorrow. But every match is different.”
The 51-year-old coach is confident that the Saturday a happy ending for him. “I have never had such a strong team in the final stood as this time. No one believes more in this team than this team.”
Klopp could finally say that his Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino is ready for the final of the Champions League. “He is fit, but I still don’t know if he will start,” said Klopp. “I give my eleven only price as ‘Poch’ (Spurs coach Pochettino, ed.) that does also. But Firmino has in recent days been trained well. He is normally ready.” Firmino is in the front of a competitor of Red Devil Divock Origi.