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In-form Dortmund target victory at Ajax

November 21, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany Correspondent

Champions League Group D leaders Borussia Dortmund will not play for the draw they need away to Ajax to take them through to the knockout stages, chief executive Aki Watzke has said.

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Dortmund, along with Shakhtar Donetsk, have been the surprise team of the Champions League so far and top the group with eight points, winning four of those in their two games against Real Madrid.

Another point would see Jurgen Klopp's team reach the knockout stages for the first time since 1998, but Watzke said: "To play for a draw is not in the character of this team."

Coach Klopp warned that qualification for the knockout stage was not a given and said Ajax - beaten 1-0 in Dortmund thanks to a late Robert Lewandowski strike - would pose a stern test.

"We have no certainty yet," he said. "Ajax made a strong impression in the first game."

Germany international Marco Reus, rested in Dortmund's 3-1 win over Greuther Furth at the weekend, has scored twice in his side's Champions League campaign.

He said: "So far, I have always been in the right place to score a goal. And I hope, of course, that on Wednesday we will play as well as we have in the other away matches this season. Then it doesn't matter who scores. What's important that we get a good result."