Borussia Dortmund boss believes his side will bounce back after Champions League defeat.
Boss Jurgen Klopp insists Borussia Dortmund will bounce back from their Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich.
With Borussia bidding for their second Champions League title at Wembley, after their 1997 triumph, Bayern’s Dutch wing Arjen Robben broke Borussia hearts with an 89th-minute winner in a 2-1 victory.
With his season now over, Klopp admits he has a tough few months ahead as he rebuilds his squad with the new Bundesliga season starting on August 9.
Midfield star Mario Goetze has been confirmed as a Munich player next season and Borussia striker Robert Lewandowski is set to follow him, according to Bayern’s out-going coach Jupp Heynckes.
But with Berlin’s Olympic Stadium hosting the 2015 Champions League, Klopp has vowed to steer Dortmund back for a second crack at the European title.
“I feel a proudness comes up in me, but also a certain sadness,” said the 45-year-old.
“It was a great season for my team and a really, really good match.
“Perhaps it was the best match against Bayern in this season’s Champions League and you now who they’ve played.
“Now we have to go on holiday and buy some players, because other teams want ours and we must start again.
“In two years, there’s Berlin. Maybe that’d be a good place to come back to a Champions League final.
“We deserved to be in the final, we showed that tonight.
“Our fans were great, the atmosphere was great. Only the result is shit.
“I told the players we will come back, maybe not to Wembley, but we’ll try to come back to another final.”
After the final whistle, Klopp was consoled in the Wembley stands by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
“She said: ‘You get to know yourself in the really bad moments’,” said Klopp.
“I need a minute or two to feel proud again, at the moment only sadness prevails.”
Bayern were lucky to finish the game with a full team after Brazil defender Dante was booked, then gave away a penalty for a foul on Marco Reus, which Ilkay Gundogan netted for Dortmund’s equaliser.
“I saw it happen in the game and you can give a second yellow card, but when I saw it on TV, you have to give it,” said Klopp about Dante’s foul on Reus.
“It didn’t happen, but there are many times in the history of football when the ref’s decisions goes against you.
“I don’t know if we would have got the winner with ten verses eleven.”
Having finished a record 25 points behind German league champions Munich in this season’s Bundesliga, Klopp has said he will assemble a side to challenge Pep Guardiola’s Bayern team next season.
“I think we’ll get a pretty decent team together, I wouldn’t worry about that,” said Klopp.
“The team implemented what we had set out to do so well.
“Bayern hardly had opportunities to play their normal game going forward and that helped us keep the game very open.
“The quality of the game struck me and I’m sure next season we’ll have even more quality and we’ll move on.”