Though Borussia Dortmund hold a 4-2 lead over soon-to-be André Villas-Boas’s FC Zenit side, Jürgen Klopp is determined his team treat the second leg like a “normal game”.
Borussia Dortmund host FC Zenit in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 tie in “nothing more” than a “good position” following a 4-2 victory in Russia three weeks ago.
That is the view of Schwarzgelben coach Jürgen Klopp, who is not entertaining any thoughts that his side, runners-up last season, are all but through to the quarter-finals.
His opposite number, Sergei Semak, will take charge of Zenit for the second and last time before André Villas-Boas is formally presented as Luciano Spalletti’s successor on Thursday.
Conceding that the Russian team “do not have much chance” of progressing, Semak is first and foremost concerned with the visitors turning in a good performance in pursuit of just their second European win since the start of the group stage.
Zenit have lost all three ties in which they succumbed at home in the first leg, all in the UEFA Cup: against 1. FC Dynamo Dresden in the 1981/82 first round (1-2 home, 1-4 away), VfB Stuttgart in the 1989/90 second round (0-1 home, 0-5 away) and Bologna FC in the 1999/2000 first round (0-3 home, 2-2 away).