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Dortmund chief Watzke has no Schalke sympathy

September 14, 2010

Borussia Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke says he has no sympathy for struggling bitter rivals Schalke.

Raul and Felix Magath Schalke
GettyImagesFelix Magath and Raul have been unable to inspire Schalke yet this season

Schalke signed the likes of Raul, Jurado and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar over the summer but the new-boys have failed to gel, with the Gelsenkirchen club rooted to the foot of the Bundesliga having lost their first three games.

Dortmund, in contrast, have won two of their first three matches. The teams clash on Sunday and Watzke did not miss the chance to criticise the Royal Blues ahead of the showdown.

"The club who spends the most money is not automatically the one who wins the league in the end,'' he said. "We have neither sold any important players, nor worked up any debts.

"We have a team which is growing and a philosophy which we are 1000% convinced about. I don't have any sympathy (for Schalke) at all.''

Watzke insists, though, now is not the time to think about Schalke and their problems. Instead, the focus must be on Dortmund's long-awaited return to Europe on Thursday.

"First of all, we have a really difficult game in the Ukraine against Lviv,'' he told Bild . "If anybody wants to talk about the derby, they can do so on Thursday evening after the game. Before then, I expect full concentration on the Europa League.''