Schalke des­per­ate for derby win over Dort­mund

Weekly Trust - - Sports -

There has never been a big­ger gap in the stand­ings be­tween lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund and Schalke 04 ahead of a Ruhr val­ley derby in the first half of a Bun­desliga sea­son.

But Schalke, last sea­son’s run­ners-up who are lan­guish­ing in 12th place, know the 19-point gap will count for noth­ing when they host Dort­mund on Satur­day in Ger­many’s ‘mother of all der­bies’.

The Royal Blues also hope they can stretch their un­beaten run at home to five years against their in-form ri­vals, de­spite their own lack­lus­tre shape.

Vic­tory over Dort­mund would in­stantly ease most of the pres­sure on em­bat­tled coach Domenico Tedesco, with Schalke hav­ing won just two of their last six league games.

“We know that the derby is some­thing spe­cial. If we give it ev­ery­thing we’ve got then we can win the derby,” said Schalke mid­fielder Alessan­dro Schoepf.

“Dort­mund have yet to lose (in the Bun­desliga) this sea­son so it’s time. We won at home last sea­son so why should we not do it again?”

Dort­mund have so far played a sen­sa­tional sea­son, hav­ing gone un­beaten in the 13 league matches, mak­ing new coach Lu­cien Favre the most suc­cess­ful new­comer in Bun­desliga

his­tory. They have also scored a stag­ger­ing 37 goals in 13 Bun­desliga games, with top scorer Paco Al­cacer and cap­tain Marco Reus net­ting a com­bined 19 times, five more than the en­tire Schalke haul so far, for the best at­tack in the league.

Alessan­dro Schoepf

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