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May 5, 2013

Klopp: Dortmund up for Bayern battle

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has told Bayern Munich that no one on his side wants to "make friends" ahead of their Champions League final showdown.

• Schaaf: It all kicks off

The sides played out a 1-1 draw in a dead rubber Bundesliga game, with Bayern already crowned champions, but tempers flared in a fiery encounter which saw Klopp and Bayern director of sport Matthias Sammer clash on the touchline.

"It was an intensive game and nobody gave even the hint of suspicion that they wanted to make friends - everybody was up for the battle," Klopp said afterwards. "That is what the fans expect when they pay for a ticket."

On the altercation with Sammer, who coached Dortmund to the title in 2002, Klopp added: "He told me I should leave his player alone and then he said something else which I couldn't hear, which is why I moved in closer," Klopp said. "I wasn't looking for new friends. We wanted to win the game and so too did Bayern."

After winning the Bundesliga title for two seasons, Dortmund have relinquished their crown to Bayern who will also sign Mario Gotze from Klopp's side in the summer and an interest in also taking Robert Lewandowski adds further spice to the rivalry.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer thinks the competition between the two sides means the game will be played in a furious manner but stressed that it is all done in a sporting way.

"I don't think this game is ever going to be a friendly,'' Neuer said. "It's always a challenge for us to play against Dortmund. You could see that with the way we went into the challenges. It was borderline but never with evil intent. It's a man's game."

Meanwhile, Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl, who snubbed Bayern when he joined Dortmund from Freiburg in 2002, claims the Champions League final between the sides will amplify the rivalry further still. "Certainly this game cannot be compared to the one in three weeks' time," Kehl said. "That game is certainly going to be more explosive."

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.

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