I’m no Klopp clone, says Dortmund coach Bosz

Saitama (Japan) (AFP) – New Borussia Dortmund coach Peter Bosz promised to do things his way after his side beat Japan’s Urawa Reds 3-2 to begin their Far East preseason tour Saturday.

Germany forward Andre Schurrle smashed a late winner as Dortmund gave the Dutchman his first win since taking over from Thomas Tuchel last month.

Asked if he would try to bring back the “heavy metal football” Dortmund played under former coach Jurgen Klopp, Bosz gave a quizzical look.

“Klopp is a great manager but what’s important as a coach is what players you have at your disposal,” he told reporters. 

“I want to play an offensive style of football,” added Bosz, who led Ajax to last season’s Europa League final. “It’s important to win but also to play the sort of football that fans enjoy watching.”

Bosz cut a forlorn figure in Dortmund’s 3-2 humbling by fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen in their opening preseason game earlier this week but his side looked sharper against Urawa despite the balmy heat in Saitama.

Turkey striker Emre Mor scored a quickfire double to cancel out Shinzo Kuroki’s volleyed opener, before Reds defender Wataru Endo restored parity with a free header five minutes from time.

But there was still time for Schurrle to give Dortmund a winning start to their Asian tour as he rifled home from an acute angle with two minutes remaining.

Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa, who dislocated his shoulder playing in a World Cup qualifier last month, did not play after extending his contract with the Bundesliga club until 2020 on Friday.

“I really wanted to get on but we came here to win so it’s nice to get the result,” said the former Manchester United midfielder. 

“It’s a new start for us so we all need to do is pull together and work hard for the new coach.”

The match was also notable for Germany Mario Gotze’s return to action for the first time since January after being diagnosed with metabolic problems.

Dortmund, who face a summer bidding war for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Chelsea and Liverpool reportedly the front-runners for the Gabon hitman’s signature, play AC Milan in Guangzhou on Tuesday.

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