Draxler pledges support to Bayern in Dortmund clash

The 20-year-old hopes Pep Guardiola’s side pick up all three points against BVB on Saturday to boost his own side’s hopes of finishing second

Schalke forward Julian Draxler has thrown his support behind Bayern Munich ahead of the champions’ home game against Borussia Dortmund.

Draxler helped Schalke to a 2-0 victory over Frankfurt on Friday, a result that moved Jens Keller’s men level on points with second-placed Dortmund in the Bundesliga table.

A Bayern victory in Der Klassiker on Saturday would significantly aid Schalke’s hopes of beating Dortmund to second and securing automatic qualification for next season’s Champions League.

“We want to finish ahead of Dortmund but we’ll see what happens,” Draxler said. “I’m supporting Bayern, though.”

Both of Schalke’s goals against Frankfurt came in the second half, with Max Meyer scoring shortly before the hour mark and Jefferson Farfan adding a second in injury time.

Draxler believes the Gelschenkirchen outfit were rewarded for a strong second half showing.

He added: “We were too slow in the first half, and we said at half-time that we couldn’t keep playing like that. The second half was much better from us.”

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