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Zingarevich: Reading can cope

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Mon, 29 Apr 2013 19:08:00

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp is confident his team will cope with the occasion when they take on Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Tuesday evening.

The Bundesliga side have travelled to Spain with 4-1 lead from the first leg of the Champions League semi-final following their stunning victory in Germany last week, when striker Robert Lewandowski scored all of Dortmund's goals.

Klopp said his team's performance against Bayern Munich in the 2012 German Cup final in Berlin - when Lewandowski scored a hat-trick - was proof they can perform under pressure.

"For us it's the same situation as last year's German Cup final," he said.

"We were the German champions and Bayern Munich wanted to beat us in this game, change their whole season.

"They gave their all and my team was pretty cool in this moment because the only way to reach your dream is to be brave.

"And that's what we tried to do. It's no problem to lose the game because it could happen. It's only interesting what you invest in the game.

"My players cannot fail as they will give their best, there is no doubt about this."

Dortmund are chasing a second European crown and a second appearance in the final after their 1997 triumph.

"I don't really want to talk about the final again and what has come before," Klopp added.

"The only thing that interests me is this match. We know what is possible in football and what is certain is that something historic will happen.

"If we get through that will be historic and if we are knocked out that will be historic as well."

The club's one-year stay in the Barclays Premier League came to an end on Sunday when they drew 0-0 with QPR, who were also relegated to the second tier.

Given that they spent little last summer following their promotion, the Royals were always one of the favourites for relegation, and their failure to stay up means they will not be part of the bumper new TV deal which will see every top-flight club be given ?14million more per season.

But Zingarevich, who bought Reading from Sir John Madejski last year, claims the Berkshire club are in a sound enough financial position to deal without the money.

"We are in a good place financially," Zingarevich told BBC Radio Berkshire.

"The club was run in a prudent way before [he took charge] and that is how it will be run in the future.

"Obviously the new TV deal for the Premier League would have helped, but we will come back in 12 months.

"I don't want to think about what would have happened. We are focused on what we want to achieve in the next 12 months."

The fact that Nigel Adkins, who replaced Brian McDermott as manager in March, is still looking for his first win in charge shows just how much work needs to be done if the club are going to make an immediate return to the top flight.

Adkins is yet to make any of his own signings, though, and Zingarevich says he will do everything he can to make sure the former Southampton manager has every chance of leading the team back in to the big time.

"We need to give the manager all the tools he needs," he added.

"We will sit down and discuss specifics and understand what his wishes are in terms of the current group.

"For me it's not the amount that needs to be spent but how you spend the money. We need to go out and sign the right players for us. It is like any investment."

Madejski said earlier on Monday that he had reservations about the decision to sack the much-liked McDermott, but Zingarevich has no doubt about the 48-year-old Adkins' ability.

"I don't really care who supports who individually," he said. "It is about Reading Football Club.

"We are all supporting the club and that is all we should think of. We have a new manager who I have total faith in and most people can see what we are trying to do on the pitch."

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