Dortmund boss wary of Schalke
BERLIN BORUSSIA Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said he expects bitter rivals Schalke 04 to try and “spit in their soup” on Saturday with his team six points clear at the top of the league.
Dortmund beat secondplaced Bayern Munich 1-0 at their Signal Iduna Park stadium on Wednesday and victory leaves them clear at the top with four games left as they look to register their 25th game without defeat.
With four consecutive wins over Bayern, Dortmund are only the second team in the history of the Bundesliga to have recorded a quartet of victories over Munich after Werder Bremen who achieved the feat between 1991 and 1993. Third-placed Schalke host Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen and with no love lost between the neighbours, Klopp expects a hard match with their Ruhr Valley rivals which could help Bayern’s chances of usurping the leaders.
“In terms of the table, we are in the lead, but on Saturday we expect another intense game,” said Klopp, with the top three in the Bundesliga sure of a Champions League berth.
“They want to make sure of their Champions League place for next season and they will certainly want to spit in our soup.” After the Schalke match, Dortmund face fourthplaced Moenchengladbach, bottom side Kaiserslautern and Freiburg before the league finishes on May 5
Bayern host Mainz on Saturday, then face Bremen, Stuttgart and Cologne in its last four league games, but Klopp says anything can still happen despite his team’s considerable lead.