Jurgen Klopp has stressed that finishing third in the Bundesliga this season would not be a disaster for Borussia Dortmund ahead of Tuesday's Revierderby.
The Schwarzgelben are one point clear of Schalke ahead of hosting their arch-rivals in midweek at Signal Iduna Park with just eight games to go, with Bayern Munich just one win away from defending the German title.
The Bavarians' dominance means that the race for second place is the best that BVB and Jens Keller's men can hope for and, though Klopp is keen to finish above Schalke, the coach knows that anywhere in the top three guarantees elite European football.
"It is very important to finish well," he told reporters. "Our Champions League qualification depends on it.
"If we're in third place is at the end of the season, it is not a disaster. But our goal is to finish second. There are no points we can give away now.
"It's not important who the favourites are. Both us and Schalke want to win."
Huntelaar has been in fine form for Schalke - scoring six goals in his last three Bundesliga matches - and Klopp insinuated that his knowledge of the Dutchman is dwarfed by his experience with his own star forward Lewandowski, joking that he could publish literature on the Bayern Munich-bound striker.
"Both are proven goalscorers," he added. "I might soon write a book about Lewandowski! But I could only write a little one about Huntelaar."
Klopp also confirmed that Marco Reus would be fit to face their Ruhr rivals, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is likely to at least be in the squad.