GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22: Alessandro Schoepf of Schalke runs with the ball during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Muenchen at Veltins-Arena on September 22, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Schalke 04 midfielder Alessandro Schopf believes victory over a world-class team like Borussia Dortmund is possible in Saturday’s derby

Following last season’s second-place finish, Schalke have struggled this time around and currently find themselves only 12th in the Bundesliga table.

The Royal Blues have only won four times in 13 league games this term and will now face the runaway and unbeaten leaders Dortmund this weekend.

But, while he has a lot of respect for Dortmund, Schopf sees no reasons why they cannot inflict a first defeat on their rivals ahead of the Revierderby.

“Dortmund are currently a world-class team and are rightly the league leaders,” Schopf told WAZ.

“It’s important for us to be defensively compact and look for our chances going forward. We want find our feet with fight and the right mentality and then play football as well.”

“If we perform, we can beat Dortmund in front of our home crowd.”

The Schalke and Dortmund derby will take place at the Veltins-Arena with kick-off set for 15:30 (CET).