Eintracht Frankfurt coach Armin Veh has warned his club's fans to get ready for a long and testing relegation battle this season.
The Eagles currently lie 15th in the table and face a tough clash against Schalke on Saturday aware they could drop into the bottom three if they do not win.
Veh is being realistic about his side's struggles after finishing sixth last season and says relegation could haunt them right the way up until May.
``At the end of the day, we're in a league position which is not too far off our position in terms of budget,'' Veh told the Bild newspaper.
``Only Augsburg and Mainz shouldn't really be ahead of us. It's just we're in a difficult situation.
``It's possible that we'll have to fight to the very end in order to achieve our objective.
``We still have goals that we can reach, just we shouldn't be thinking of things which are not possible.''
Frankfurt can expect a serious test against Schalke too with opposition coach Jens Keller promising that his side will not come into the game with one eye on their midweek Champions League clash with Steaua Bucharest.
``We're going to be sending our strongest team out against Frankfurt,'' vowed Keller, who may field Kevin-Prince Boateng up front due to a shortage of strikers.
Klaas Jan Huntelaar is out until the February while Adam Szalai underwent an operation on his hand this week. Jefferson Farfan is back, though, and could feature in what Keller expects will be hard match despite Frankfurt's struggles.
``Our opponents will want to show their fans that they can win at home,'' Keller said.
``We must not underestimate them. We know what to expect.''
The Royal Blues will be seeking a win which can move them into the top four, depending on how Borussia Monchengladbach fare against Stuttgart on Friday night.