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Holtby: I want Schalke to beat Dortmund

By Hassan Talib Haji

Lewis Holtby hopes that Schalke can beat Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's Ruhr derby as they look to secure qualification for the Champions League.

The midfielder, who left Gelsenkirchen for Tottenham in January, played a key role in the Konigsblauen's 2-1 away win against their rivals earlier this season, and he wants his former team to complete a Bundesliga double over the champions.

"It will be a thrilling encounter and I will keep my fingers crossed that Schalke emerge victorious," Holtby told

"I want my former team-mates and friends to bag the full three points and climb to fourth place in the Bundesliga table.

"It will be a very tough game, though, because Dortmund have a very strong team. A win in the derby will silence Schalke's critics."

Saturday's encounter is scheduled to kick off at 15:30CET.