Jurgen Klopp says that while Borussia Dortmund are still being bullied by their rivals like a character from a Punch-and-Judy show, they remain football's great overachievers.
BVB have established themselves as one of the top teams in Europe over the past four years, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles before reaching the Champions League final in 2013, they continue to lose their best players to supposedly bigger clubs every summer.
This year they have seen ace striker Robert Lewandowski depart for Bayern Munich, just 12 months after Mario Gotze swapped Signal Iduna Park for the Allianz Arena, but Klopp says that despite their lack of financial muscle, Dortmund will never shy away from taking on the game's heavyweights.
"We are not mere penny-pinchers, but compared to the big names, we are just a Punch-and-Judy show (puppet theatre)," the 47-year-old coach told BVB talk show 'Brinkhoffs Ballgefluster'.
"We are the only top team in the world which loses its best players regularly but still fights for numerous titles.
"But the next final we are going to play I want to win. And I'm not talking about the Supercup.
"If every player is ready, something big can happen. From the first day [of the new season] on we want to be an opponent against whom it will be bloody hard to play."