Dortmund were perfect – Klopp

The German pointed to the “pressing and counter-pressing” of his side as key in a one-sided dismantling of Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp described his side’s performance as “perfect” after they swept Arsenal aside in the Champions League on Tuesday.

The hosts were much too strong for the Gunners with goals from Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang settling a one-sided encounter.

Indeed, the scoreline would have been much more emphatic had it not been for some woeful finishing from Dortmund and a number of fine saves from Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Klopp, however, was more than content to focus on the positives as the 2013 finalists got their Group D campaign off to an impressive start.

He told Sky Sports: “I’m very pleased. Three players went out of the team because of muscle problems [last night]. In the morning we made some decisions and I have to say it was a really great performance from my team. It was pressing and counter-pressing to perfection.

“We were brave, we were fast. We had everything we needed for this game because if you let them have one metre of space they are so strong. I saw some counter-pressing situations in the centre of midfield and it was perfect really. But you need to be brave for this. I enjoyed this game from the first second to the last.”

Klopp was even happy to pardon Henrikh Mkhitaryan despite the Armenian squandering numerous chances to make the scoreline more emphatic, adding: “I told him ‘today you don’t need your goals’. There will be a time when we need his goals and he will do it.

“We did what we had to do to win this game and for us it was near perfection. The important thing for me is three days and we play against Mainz. It’s hard work but if you see games like this it’s the best job in the world.”

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