Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he and his side will bounce back from its heartbreaking 2-1 Champions League defeat to Bundesliga rival Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.
A late strike from Arjen Robben saw Jupp Heynckes' men crowned European Champions after a scintillating clash at Wembley between the German sides, but Klopp has assured everyone that his outfit will be back.
“I've told the players that we will come back,” said Klopp. “Maybe not to Wembley but we will try to come back to another final. That’s what I told them. “
Dortmund has lit up the competition this season with its brand of swashbuckling attacking football, but the final in London was ultimately won by Bundesliga champion Bayern, and the former Mainz boss was quick to praise his rivals.
"First and foremost, congratulations to Bayern Munich because they won so it's not important to speak about what happened in the game.
“Congratulations to Bayern and Jupp [Heynckes]. You can’t begrudge him the win. We were right in it but at the end, everything came together for Bayern and they won the game.
Despite offering those congratulations to the Bavarians after the match, the Dortmund coach could not hide his heartache at the result, and struggled to manage his emotions, simply adding:
“The result is so sh*t."
However, Klopp was defiant in his defense of BVB, insisting that they gave everything after a taxing campaign.
“It was late in the game and it has been a really hard season for us," he said, "I saw it from 75 minutes on, it was hard for us. Bayern Munich had to fight too.
"We deserved to be in the final and we showed this tonight."
The 45-year-old then looked forward to next season, and concluded that he would need to delve into the transfer market if Dortmund were to remain competitive at the highest level
“We have to go on,” said the German. “We have to buy some players because we need some players because other clubs want our players.”
Dortmund ends the season having finished runner-up to Bayern in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League final.