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The 58-year-old coach admits that "it is nice to dream" as his side draw level with the Bavarian heavyweights thanks to a convincing 3-1 victory over Stuttgart on Saturday

Schalke coach Huub Stevens was thrilled after his side’s 3-1 win over Stuttgart saw them draw level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.

Though behind the Bavarians on goal difference, Stevens’ side overtook Borussia Monchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund to move into second place, albeit with the latter yet to play on Sunday.

The Dutchman was impressed by his team’s performance, telling reporters after the game: “I was surprised by how strongly we started.

“Tactically we played a very strong game. We now have as many points as Bayern and it is nice to dream.”

Joel Matip, Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Julian Draxler wrote their names into the scoresheet at the Veltins Arena, with Shinji Okazaki notching a late consolation for Stuttgart.

Schalke now look forward to travelling to 11th-placed Koln on January 28.

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