Howedes: Schalke respect but do not fear Dortmund

Ahead of this weekend’s Revierderby the visitors' skipper revealed they are wary of the threat Klopp's men pose to their side but insisted they are not afraid of their opponents

Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes has revealed there is no reason why his side should be intimidated by their closest rivals Borussia Dortmund on the eve of their eagerly anticipated Bundesliga clash.

Howedes insists if the Royal Blues can play together as a team and prevent BVB from stamping their authority on the match then they can extend their lead over their Ruhr neighbours, with only two points seperating the teams before the kick-off.

“BVB have enormous quality. We must stand strong and compact defensively and to present ourselves as a collective," he told the club official website.

“This game starts at zero. But of course we are confident because we are looking good. Dortmund are clearly strong.

“But we must not hide and hope to take points. We have respect for Dortmund, but don’t fear them in anyway."

The 24-year-old went on to earmark Dortmund’s Marco Reus as one of the players they need to be wary of this weekend. Last year’s German footballer of the year has started of this season explosively and has already impressed for both club and country.

Howedes said: “Marco Reus has a sensational strike. It will be crucial not to let him plenty of space in and around the penalty area.”

Schalke were arguably the better team in the corresponding fixture last year, but it was Dortmund who ran out 2-0 winners. The centre-back is hoping for a similar performance with a different result.

He said: “The way in which we played was just right. We want to repeat that on Saturday – it’s just the result that we want to change.”