Hoffenheim vs. Schalke 04  3 - 2

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Huntelaar hopes to close gap

2 November 2012 16:01

Klass Jan Huntelaar wants Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to lose on Saturday, as his Schalke side prepare to face Hoffenheim.

Schalke are second on the table, four points back from Bayern, and former Real Madrid striker Huntelaar is hoping to close that gap during this weekend's fixtures.

"Bayern are top, we're second. If Bayern lose this weekend, that will be great for us," the Dutchman told Bild.

However, general manager Horst Heldt feels Bayern are likely to be more concerned with other rivals, such as defending champions Borussia Dortmund.

"What bothers me is the word hunter," he said, when asked about Schalke's designs on top spot.

"I think that Bayern are more concerned with other teams than with Schalke."

Schalke coach Huub Stevens has also dismissed the notion of a simmering rivalry between the two powerhouses.

"That's not my problem," he said.

"I focus on my tasks in Gelsenkirchen and not in Munich. Things are going well for us. But we're not where we want to be."

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Stevens not satisfied yet

2 November 2012 01:14

Schalke manager Huub Stevens says his side have a long way to go before they can consider themselves the finished article.

Stevens' team have made an excellent start to the 2012/13 campaign, sitting second in the Bundesliga and riding high on top of Champions League Group B.

But the coach insisted his side will not be resting on their laurels as they prepare to tackle Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

"Of course it is going nicely at the moment but we're not where we want to be yet," Stevens said. "I hope we will be after 34 games.

"And only then will we strike a balance. Not after just the third or the half or whatever. And I think you always have to look over the end of a season. But until now we're not unsatisfied."

Stevens said his team will be wary of Hoffenheim, despite their lowly 14th place in the league.

"Hoffenheim is a team which has its strength in the offense," Stevens said.

"That's where we are in demand to show our own qualities. I think we do have a fit team, except from Metze (Christoph Metzelder) and Marco (Hoeger). And we really need that against Hoffenheim."

Bundesliga table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +80 91
2 34 +39 66
3 34 +26 65
4 34 +8 55
5 34 +5 51
6 34 +3 51
7 34 -11 48
8 34 -4 47
9 34 -2 45
10 34 -8 44
11 34 -5 43
12 34 -18 43
13 34 -2 42
14 34 -16 34
15 34 -18 33
16 34 -25 31
17 34 -18 30
18 34 -34 21