"There's nothing better than the Champions League!"

Kevin Kampl on the game against Dortmund, Champions League qualification and his goal against Düsseldorf

The Bulls are one day away from their final Bundesliga home game of the 2019/20 season. It's a fixture that sees 3rd meet 2nd for what promises to be a fantastic encounter. Kevin Kampl will face his former club Borussia Dortmund as Leipzig look to secure qualification to next season's Champions League. The reverse fixture was a thrilling 3-3 draw, in which the Bulls clawed their way back twice to get themselves level.

On the eve of battle, we caught up with our midfield General.

Kevin, we take on Dortmund on Saturday. What are you thinking?

"We'll continue to believe in ourselves, dig up every last ounce of energy and give it our all. Of course, we're tired after such a long season, but we want to achieve our goal of qualifying for the Champions League. We only need two points, and we'll give it our all to get them on Saturday against Dortmund."

Kevin scored a spectacular goal to put us 1-0 up against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Dortmund are a top team, are you prepared for the challenge?

"Everyone knows Dortmund and their way of playing, even if you just have a passing interest in football. So we know what to expect. Though I think it won't be too different for Dortmund. They've had a long season too, and are surely tired. At the end it'll be about who has more desire to win and who's prepared to push themselves to their limit. Dortmund will want to make amends for their loss against Mainz, so it'll be an interesting game. I hope we leave victorious."

You've already mentioned the fact that you're in a good position to qualify for the Champions League. Is that the focus in the team as well?

"Of course. It's our goal to be playing in the Champions League next season - hopefully with our fans in the stadium. There's nothing better than the Champions League for a player, the Europa League just doesn't compare.
We'll work hard to get there." 

With an average of 90.5% pass accuracy, Kevin certainly knows how to bring others into play

You scored a wonderful goal against Düsseldorf. Do you think you'll be able to display your qualities as a goalscorer again this season?

"I'm playing more as a number 6 at the moment, so I don't often get the chance to score and am responsible for other things. It all just opened up for me, because I could drive inside and shoot over the keeper. We needed it in that game, because Fortuna were defending very deep and it was hard to break through. I was happy with the goal, but I'd have been happier if we'd won."

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