DORTMUND, GERMANY (APRIL 23, 2013) (REUTERS) - The surprise announcement that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Goetze will join Bayern Munich in July will not distract the Germans with negative thoughts ahead of Wednesday's (April 24) Champions League semi-final first leg against Real Madrid, coach Juergen Klopp said on Tuesday (April 23).
News of the 20-year-old German international signing for arch-rivals Bayern came a day before Dortmund's first semi-final appearance in the competition in 15 years.
"Let us have a special evening, a real Borussia evening. Leave all your negative thoughts at home, step on the gas pedal and beat Real," said Klopp.
Dortmund have every right to remain confident despite the news, having gone unbeaten in the entire competition so far and having also beaten the nine-time European champions in the group stage.
The Germans, with the highest average attendance per game in Europe, will be counting on a fiery 65,000 crowd to will them on as they attempt to make the final for the first time since winning the trophy in 1997.