After his emotional reaction directed at Portuguese fourth official Venâncio Tomé on Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund manager Jürgen Klopp apologized to the media for his behavior. Dortmund lost to Napoli, 2-1, to kick off both teams’ Champions League campaigns.
“I made myself look like a monkey out there, and that’s not on,” he told German television station ZDF (via Sky Sports). “I overstepped the mark and it was really pathetic of me. I’ve already apologized to the team, the referee and the fourth official. I got it wrong. I have to accept the blame for this red card; it was just stupid of me.”
His outburst came shortly after Gonzalo Higuaín put Napoli up 1-0, and it left Dortmund without its manager for about three-quarters of the game. Goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller was also sent off, meaning neither he nor Klopp will be involved in Dortmund’s match against Marseille on Oct. 1.
“If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets injured, then it all goes through the chimney,’ he said.
“The day that this is football, I’m not in a job anymore, because the game is about playing together.”
“If I spend money, it is because I am trying to build a team, a real team. Barcelona did it. You can win championships, you can win titles, but there is a manner in which you want it.”
Klopp has spent a lot of money, but he’s spaced it out in picking up six players for around 2/3 of the Pogba fee this summer (Granted two were on free transfers).
That said, he didn’t exactly take over a club lacking star power that required loads and loads of buys. Klopp is at a different standard in answering to the media and public right now. While that’s pretty well-deserved, the way he’s getting credit for the price tags on assets he’s sold is kind of hilarious.
Either way, we are loving Klopp in the Premier League. Bring on the season.
Yet this summer has been an incredible one for transfers, with so many Premier League teams leading the way in business, that names like Sadio Mane, Michy Batshuayi, Nico Gaitan, and Nolito miss out list (and they are just the tip of the iceberg).
Here’s our Top Ten so far
10. Mario Gotze, Bayern Munich –> Borussia Dortmund
Will a return “home” do the trick for the World Cup clinching attacker?