Klopp said yesterday: “We sense an advantage to play at home. It is an incredible atmosphere here and so it will be tomorrow.”
Dortmund’s stadium is a rarity. It is the biggest in Germany and the seventh biggest in Europe. However this ranking only includes pure facts. Emotions and volume is what the Sudtribune, a terrace with capacity for 25.000 people and nicknamed the “Yellow Wall”, is famous for.
It’s influence is so evident, that Arsenal’s Tomas Rosicky, who played at Dortmund seven years ago, said “I will always carry this club in my heart” and that Liverpool target Kevin Großkreutz, who joined the “Yellow Wall” as a four year old actually never want to play for another club.
Borussia Dortmund’s manager Jurgen Klopp said yesterday: “We sense an advantage to play at home. It is an incredible atmosphere here and so it will be tomorrow.”
It will be interesting to see how Arsenal handle the “Yellow Wall”.
Despite their record Klopp shows no sense of superiority and is well aware of Arsenal’s 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich last year.
“If we play our best, then it is really not easy to play” against Arsenal, said the 46-year-old manager and continued:
“I don’t have the impression that Arsenal is more dangerous away but they are as well dangerous away.”
“Every game has it’s own story […]. We have to try and write our own story.”
Injury update: As we reported earlier defender Mats Hummels is questionable and will most likely be sidelined. Hummels’ substitute Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a great defender but has not the offensive quality Hummels has. A benefit for Arsenal.
Captain Sebastian Kehl is also questionable. Gundogan and Piszczek are still out.
Borussia Dortmund’s predicted line-up for tonight: Weidenfeller / Großkreutz, Subotic, Sokratis, Schmelzer / Bender, Sahin / Aubameyang, Mkhitaryan, Reus / Lewandowski
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