Lambert would love to return to Dortmund - with Norwich City

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert would relish the chance to play at former club Borussia Dortmund's 81,000 capacity ground with the Canaries. Jurgen Klopp's side finished just outside the Champions League places last season after their best league finish since 2003.

Norwich City manager Paul Lambert would relish the chance to play at former club Borussia Dortmund's 81,000 capacity ground with the Canaries. Jurgen Klopp's side finished just outside the Champions League places last season after their best league finish since 2003.

“I'd love to play a friendly at the Westfalenstadion,” he said. “It is a special place to play football with special fans. I try and keep track of what happens at Dortmund. The S�dtrib�ne is one of the best places to be in football. It is a fantastic atmosphere. J�rgen Klopp has done a great job those past two seasons. At home, I think, Dortmund can beat any team in the world. The fans love their team so much, so when you play there you try to make it a very hard place for any team to beat you there - not to disappoint those incredible fans and Borussia played really well last season, so I believe they have every chance to do well again.”

Lambert revealed he still has a lot of affection for Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, where he became the first British player to lift the Champions League with a continental club in 1997. The Canaries boss also studied for his coaching qualifications in Germany and returned during the summer with City's first team squad to fine tune their Championship preparations.

“I love my time here in Norwich and have never really thought about coming back to Germany as a manager,” he told Dortmund's biggest unofficial fanzine schwatzgelb.de. “Still what happens in the future, will happen in the future. I have my Champions League medal in my house somewhere, I think.


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“I never have it on display or any other medals. They are great memories but I am a manager now. I did a refresher course in D�sseldorf last week and met up with Matthias Sammer, Stefan Reuter and Steffen Freund. That's great. I will always look back on my time in Dortmund with a smile on my face.”

Lambert insisted the Canaries can match his own lofty ambitions.

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“For me it is something new working in the Championship and hopefully we all here will enjoy it,” he said. “Norwich City is a big club with a huge fan base, so we will try everything we can to do well. 26,000 come to see us play at Carrow Road, with 20,500 season ticket holders, which is amazing. We fill the stadium every week. Of course it is different to my time at Dortmund. Norwich is a fantastic club, but I don't play football anymore. I am a manager now and that is different.

“We had our pre-season camp in Hennef. Through my connections to Germany I knew the location. It had great facilities; it was only football, no distractions so we were able to work hard and prepare for this season. We want to keep the feeling we had last year. We've got a terrific support behind us, so we will try everything we can to do well.”

Lambert returned to Celtic the year after Borussia lifted European club football's greatest prize but revealed an emotional farewell tribute from The Black Yellows faithful is one of the abiding memories of his career.

“Saying goodbye to Dortmund was one of the hardest things for me ever to do,” he said. “I would have never expected that when I signed to be honest. But standing in front of the S�dtrib�ne, doing my lap of honour with everyone singing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' and people crying in the stands that November night after the match against AC Parma was an incredible thing to experience.”

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