February 13, 2013 2:45 PM EST
Donbass Arena — Donets’k
Referee: H. Webb
Borussia Dortmund head coach Jurgen Klopp targets Champions League success ahead of his side’s last 16 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund haven’t had the best preparation for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Jurgen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 to Hamburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Their hosts for Wednesday’s match have had a long time to ready themselves for Dortmund’s visit.
Shakhtar haven’t played a competitive match since their last Champions League outing against Juventus on December 5th.
The Ukranians have lost a key player in the transfer window since then but Klopp doesn’t think Shakhtar will be any weaker since Willian’s move to Anzhi Makhachkala.
Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund FC Head coach:
“Yes, we know that Willian left. I don’t think they have lost a lot. We watched their training and they play modern football. It will be intensive powerful game and both teams will demonstrate their skills. We will try not to act as guests on Wednesday. We are really motivated. I don’t think I have to try and motivate the players because there is not a weak side out of the 16 teams left in the competition. We have to be in good form and to play our best game.”
European success is even more important to Dortmund this season.
The defending German champions trail Bayern Munich by 15 points in the Bundesliga.
A score draw would be an excellent result for Dortmund, but it won’t be easy.
Shakhtar advanced to the last 16 at the expense of European champions Chelsea.