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Klopp alert to Schalke threat

14 April 2012 05:33

Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp says his side will not take Schalke lightly when they meet in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

The defending champions opened a six-point gap at the top of the league after beating chief title rivals Bayern Munich 1-0 during the week.

With four games left to play, Klopp's side will have one hand firmly on the title if they can take another big scalp in the Revierderby.

But Klopp is aware that victory will not come easily against third-placed Schalke, who are looking to secure automatic Champions League qualification.

"It is very easy to look forward to the next match if the opponent is called Schalke 04," Klopp said.

"So we don't have any problems. We've got the same conditions as the opponent, they played within the week like we did.

"Schalke has played a very good season. They are extremely good in the offense. They have plenty of good players and lots of quality.

"We need to show respect. We need to concentrate as hard as we did on Wednesday but we are good as well so everything is done for a great football match. I'm really looking forward to it."

Schalke coach Huub Stevens believes his side can learn a lot from the Bundesliga leaders, particularly their ability to switch the ball quickly across the pitch.

The sides have met a total of 80 times in their history - with both sides having won 28 games each.

"We have to try to switch faster. That's how football is working," Stevens said.

"It is always about holding the ball and losing the ball. The time in between is very important. That's where we still have to work on but I think we improved already.

"Dortmund is doing this in a brilliant way. So we need to switch even faster. I know it's not easy.

"There is automatism in the team we need to learn and Dortmund proved that they could do it last season and they are proving it in this season again. We are still taking steps."

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