Schieber no certainty for Stuttgart clash
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says Julian Schieber will only meet former team Stuttgart if he's fit and can help the side to victory.
Klopp has had bad experiences choosing players to play against their old clubs and he will not pick Schieber on sentiment alone.
"Julian is very close to being in the starting line-up. He's coming on very often in the last few matches. Nevertheless I'm not a young coach any more. In the beginning I've been romantic enough to try to field players against their ex-club," Klopp said.
"But I've had some negative experiences with that because the pressure on these guys seems to be too high in these special matches for them.
"So if Julian plays against Stuttgart, it will be because we expect something from that. But we don't do that because he will meet some of his buddies on the pitch."
Klopp has been encouraged by his squad's development in recent outings, including this week's 4-1 German Cup win over Aalen and is tipping a hard-fought encounter against Stuttgart.
"Stuttgart simply is a good football team. You have to expect that. But apart from what they've done in the Bundesliga in the last few matches, they've not played against us yet. And we are up to scratch now," he said.
"I think we seem to be very solid. We also found our formation and have been able to welcome back our injured players. That's why it will be a very exciting match."
Klopp said his side was struggling to compete so far this season with the financial clout of Bayern Munich, who have won eight of their first nine Bundesliga matches.
Bayern recently thrashed Kaiserslautern 4-0 in the Cup fielding a virtual B-team, but Klopp said he was comfortable with the footballing philosophy of his own club.
"We all (the Bundesliga Clubs) do not have the opportunities to change eight players like Bayern Munich just did in the DFB Cup and still dominate the opponent," Klopp said
"In this point Bayern Munich is a giant step ahead of us.
"They also have more opportunities (financial). We have to bite a bit more. But until now this is working fine and we don't want to change anything. This is our philosophy, to be successful with the team we have."