Rival manager makes ambiguous statement on Arsenal style

J├╝rgen Klopp

Dortmund boss Klopp showers Gunners boss with praise in unusual analogy

Ahead of this Wednesday's Champions League meeting, where Arsene Wenger's men will be looking to avenge their recent home defeat to last year's finalists, charismatic Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp compared Arsenal's style of play to an orchestra, while stating he was more of a heavy metal fan himself.

‘I like [Arsenal’s philosophy],' Klopp told the Daily Mail. 'I love it but I cannot coach it because I am a different guy. If you watch me during the game I celebrate when we press the ball and it goes out.

‘He [Wenger] is really something. I love him. He is Sir Arsene Wenger,' added the German.

‘But he likes having the ball, playing football, passes... it’s like an orchestra, but it is a silent song. I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud.'

Somewhat surprisingly and unlike many of his peers, Klopp favours what he calls the "English" kind of football.

'I don't like winning with 80 per cent [of possession]. Fighting football, not serenity football, that is what I like. Rainy day, heavy pitch, 5-5, everybody is dirty in the face and goes home and cannot play for the next four weeks.'

The big German's emotion and enthusiasm is infectious, and it is easy to see why Dortmund are one of the most exciting and effective teams in world football.

But such emotion can boil over, as it did in Dortmund's loss to Napoli in September, an incident which saw him sent to the stand and caused him to miss the match at the Emirates through suspension.

For the return match, the bearded and bespectacled boss is back in the dugout.

Klopp recently signed a contract until 2018, delighting supporters of the German's entertaining approach to both managing his team, and managing the press. The contract must have disappointed a host of suitors though, with Manchester City and Chelsea thought to have chased him over the summer.

image: © Asia Kuczek

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