Klopp warns Leverkusen: Dortmund will play to win

BVB have already secured a Champions League place, and also have a DFB-Pokal final to look forward to, but their coach insists they will not take their foot off the gas

Jurgen Klopp has warned Bayer Leverkusen to dispel any thoughts they have of Borussia Dortmund treating this weekend's Bundesliga clash between the two sides in any way lightly.

BVB currently sit second in the standings, 10 points clear of their fourth-placed hosts at the BayArena on Saturday, meaning qualification for next season's Champions League is already in the bag.

Given Dortmund also have a DFB-Pokal final against champions Bayern Munich to look forward to next month, it has been suggested that Klopp's men might take their foot off the gas for their three remaining Bundesliga games.

However, the BVB boss says that he is anticipating a typically "intense" performance from his troops against Leverkusen, who will be desperate to, at the very least, maintain their one-point advantage over fifth-placed Wolfsburg in the battle for Germany's fourth and final Champions League berth.

"We don't have the feeling that the season is over already," Klopp told reporters on Thursday. "We've still got nine points to compete for.

"You don't need to have a Bundesliga title on the line to produce an intense performance.

"We're ready to push Leverkusen to the limit. They boast quality, both collectively and individually.

"It's going to be a difficult game for both teams."