Gregor Kobel has underpinned Borussia Dortmund's title challenge so far in 2022/23. bundesliga.com caught up with the Swiss stopper ahead of the Revierderby against local rivals Schalke...
bundesliga.com: What is the significance of the Revierderby?
Gregor Kobel: "It's a huge game, perhaps even the game of the year. We know that it's a huge game for the fans and the whole region. We definitely want to show how we can play as a team and we will give our all."
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Kobel: "Definitely. It's always difficult. The relegation battle is something completely different. You know the attitude of these teams. They fight for everything. They throw themselves into every duel and give their all, because naturally they fight for survival. Furthermore, it's a very special mix with the derby as well, which will make it a great game for sure."
bundesliga.com: How do you see your chances in the title race?
Kobel: "Certainly better than a few weeks ago - that's clear. We're level on points with Bayern. We still have to play some games. It's not like we just have to play three more games, there are still some to play. That means that we have to maintain our level for a long time. It will definitely be very competitive, nothing is ever given to you. That means that we will have to work hard for it and we must not let up a single centimeter. We have to build on our performances week after week."
bundesliga.com: How would you rate your performances this season?
Kobel: "It's been a great year so far in which I had a lot of games where I could help my team to get points. I'm always focused on improving. Always getting better, working on myself, trying to see what can be made better, where I can improve myself and keep working on myself. That's also what I enjoy. A snapshot is always nice. That feels good, especially now after winning eight consecutive leagues games. Nevertheless, at the end of the day the progress and the things to come are the most important factor. You want it to be sustainable and for a longer period of time."
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bundesliga.com: Talk to us about Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann...
Kobel: "Fährmann is a club legend. He's been playing for Schalke forever. With so many years he has a huge experience and has been through a lot. I think that in the relegation battle it can help a team when you have a player like that at the back - one that firstly identifies with the club and secondly brings a great deal of experience with him. That won't stop us from playing a good game and hopefully scoring a lot of goals again."
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