Gelsenkirchen - FC Schalke 04 are going from win to win, with their comfortable 4-0 triumph over Asteras Tripolis the sixth on the spin for Andre Breitenreiter's men.

After Franco Di Santo's hat-trick, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar put the cherry on top of the Royal Blues' latest victory before relaying the good mood within the camp to reporters at the Veltins Arena, and was there to hear what the Dutchman had to say.

Question: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar congratulations on this win. It wasn't quite the tight game that everybody expected, so what did you make of it?

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar: Our opponents sat really deep and didn't really dare to come forward much. After struggling to hold the ball to begin with, in the end it turned out to be an easy win for us.

Question: It could have been an even bigger win in the end, couldn't it?

Huntelaar: We really could have scored a lot of goals past these opponents. We slowed things down a bit in the second half and Asteras practically just defended because they didn't want to be beaten 7-0. Overall, maybe we didn't take our chances as well as we could have, but we sent in a lot of dangerous crosses and created lots of problems for them tonight.

Question: Do you enjoy playing games like this?

Huntelaar: To be honest, I prefer it when our opponents also want to play football and attack us because the game's livelier, but I'm always happy when we win.

Question: What do you make of Franco Di Santo's performance tonight?

Huntelaar: Things went well for Franco. He's had to wait a long time for this success, but when you work as hard as he has been, then it's bound to arrive. We were all delighted for him.

Question: Schalke are putting a lot of faith in younger players at the moment. Are the experienced players helping the younger ones, or could it actually be the other way around at present?

Huntelaar: I'd say it's a bit of both. You all help each other within a team. No matter how old you are, it's the quality that counts. We've got a big squad with plenty of youngsters and of course they need the experience of the older players, but at the same time it's an opportunity for them to show the older ones something. We're all fully focused and things are working great.

'I'd rather have my break when I've finished my career'

Question: Leroy Sane was impressive again, especially with that amazing sprint up the field in the first half.

Huntelaar: He's got the quality to do sprints like that, he's got a good eye for the pass or can go deep himself. Personally, I get on really well with him. He sees me and I see him. It's a great combination and I love it when our runs complement each other.

Question: Five changes were made to the starting XI today. You were left on the bench for the Hamburg game – how do you see this rotation?

Huntelaar: It's generally a good idea to give a rest to the players who have played a lot. It's good for the team. The coach told me that he wanted to give me a rest for the Hamburg game and I told him I didn't need one (smiles), but then I said 'okay, if you really want to…' I'd rather have my break when I've finished my career.

Question: You can make it seven wins in a row when you face Köln. What sort of a game do you expect there?

Huntelaar: We really don't want to be looking at any records, but just focus on our next game. We definitely need to be at our best to beat a strong Köln side, though.

Question: As for Der Klassiker, who will you be rooting for?

Huntelaar: Neither of them! I'm not all that interested in it because my focus is on our game against Köln.

Markus Hoffmann reporting from Gelsenkirchen