So much explosive has not existed in the pot derby forever!
► Dortmund (69 points) plays for the championship, Schalke (27 points) can shoot even deeper into the relegation battle.
Royal Blue braces against the fourth crash into second division, black and yellow can screw up the ninth championship title.
The pressure derby!
The extreme tension is Schalke's interim coach Huub Stevens (65) written in the unshaven face. The Dutchman tortured: "We can not lie! They are playing for the championship, we are for something else. They have positive pressure – both have pressure. "
Stevens has the negative pressure. Even Schalke's century-old coach can not stabilize the staggering runner-up so far, only five points from four games.
Because ex-manager Christian Heidel (55) and predecessor Domenico Tedesco (33) have left him a completely disciplined and characterless mercenary troupe? Stevens bitterly: "I can not and must not say everything …" Not yet!
BVB coach Lucien Favre (61), on the other hand, smiles at Derby: "The pressure is always the same and always there. We want to win this very important game. "
Without Zagadou (knee injury), which definitely fails. The right-back Wolf (foot sprain) and Piszczek (heel bruise) wobble.
Dortmund luxury problems compared to the last paralyzing descent, with the Schalke runs. In a derby defeat and a Stuttgart victory against Gladbach it would only be three points ahead of relegation place 16.
But that the "archenemy" in the end actually in the 2nd League, the BVB bosses do not want. Manager Michael Zorc (56): "We think it's good if this rivalry can be lived in the first league."
Stevens would even treat Dortmund to the bowl: "You have to have respect. If they are stronger than Bayern and champions, I will congratulate them. "
Even with descent? That would be the worst nightmare for Stevens and Schalke …