Summary

  • Schmelzer hoping for home win over Bayern in Der Klassiker.
  • Last Dortmund win over their rivals in the Bundesliga in April 2014.
  • SIGNAL IDUNA PARK fans can play their part in a home win.

Marcel Schmelzer says it is high time Borussia Dortmund came out on top of Der Klassiker as they prepare to meet their old rivals FC Bayern München this weekend.

The two clubs, who have shared the last seven Bundesliga titles between them, lock horns in an eagerly-anticipated encounter at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK this Saturday (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT) and Schmelzer believes that if the Westphalians are at their best, they can end a 31-month wait for a Bundesliga victory over the record champions.

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Keeping Arjen Robben (r.) at bay could be one of the keys to winning the Klassiker © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

"We haven't beaten them in the league for a long time," Schmelzer told bundesliga.com in an exclusive interview. "As an individual and as a team you have to push yourself to the limit in these games. Everyone has to have a good day, and ideally, Bayern won't be at their best. In that case it's definitely possible to take points and to win at home."

Being at home may be a boon for Borussia, who can count on the majority of an 81,000-strong in-house following to urge them to victory. Thomas Tuchel's men have yet to lose at home this season and are averaging over two goals per game in front of their own fans, conceding in almost every other fixture.

Schmelzer told us how big a boost the fans at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK give him and his team-mates. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA / Lukas Schulze

"For us as a team it's a huge advantage when the crowd cheer every time we win the ball, stop a player dribbling or break up a counterattack," Schmelzer said, acknowledging the strength of Dortmund's 12th man. "I'm glad that we're playing at home, given the phase we're currently in."

That phase is not necessarily one of their best, with just one win in their last five league fixtures – their 5-2 triumph at Hamburger SV on Matchday 10. A different approach is going to be necessary against Bayern, though, with Dortmund's captain admitting that the foundations must be rock solid when the Bavarians are in town.

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"We'll definitely have to switch our focus back to the defensive side of things," said the 28-year-old, who is back in full training after missing Dortmund's last three games due to an adductor injury. "I think the best example for that will be on the other side of the pitch on Saturday. [Arjen] Robben and [Franck] Ribery didn't used to like to defend – they probably still don't – but they know it's extremely important if you want to be successful as a team."

That is not to say Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cannot dream of repeating his four-goal salvo from a fortnight ago, only he may have to be more patient and wait for – and seek out – his chances. After all, BVB have scored more goals in the Bundesliga this season than any other side and are yet to suffer defeat on home turf in 2016/17. Yet whatever the outcome, this match is not to be missed!

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