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The defender has highlighted the importance of Saturday's Ruhr derby, stating that victory over their bitter rivals would carry more prestige than picking up a piece of silverware

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By Patrick Reichardt

Schalke defender Christoph Metzelder has boldly claimed that a win in the Ruhr derby against former club Borussia Dortmund on Saturday would mean more to him than lifting a trophy.

The Royal Blues were hammered 4-1 by Nurnberg on Wednesday, but the 31-year-old is determined to flush the defeat out of his system with a convincing performance against the Bundesliga champions.

Speaking to Goal.com, Metzelder said: "If we do it well in the derby, that's our excuse for the defeat in Nurnberg. We know what the Ruhr derby means for the fans.

"No team in the world is invincible, but currently the strongest team in the Bundesliga is Dortmund.

"This is perhaps even more valuable than a title."

Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar echoed the sentiments of his team-mate, that he is hopeful Schalke can use a potential victory as a springboard towards continued success for the remainder of the season.

"It's a whole different ball game on Saturday," commented Huntelaar. "We are playing for third place and we want to defend our position.

"We start again from the beginning, [the 4-1 defeat to Nurnberg on Wednesday] is forgotten. We want to win every game - this one in particular, for the fans."

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