After winning the German Super Cup on Wednesday, Dortmund now play away to 3. Liga side Stuttgarter Kickers in the first round of the DFB-Pokal on Saturday afternoon.
A game that BVB should be expected to win easily, but there is always a possibility of a shock happening if the team isn't at its best on the day. Klopp will know that very well and make sure no complacency creeps into the squad. The defeat to Kickers Offenbach on penalties in 2010 will be on his mind of what can happen in this cup, even last year when Dortmund struggled for 70 minutes against Wilhelmshaven before scoring three towards the end of the game.
The opponents should not be taken lightly regardless of their division, especially as it's obviously their game of the year and they are ahead of BVB in terms of match fitness and preparation having already played 4 competitive games compared to Dortmund's 1.
Klopp already said that a couple of changes are likely whilst also stating that Langerak will start in goal again as Weidenfeller is not fully recovered yet. Reus could be on the bench, but is unlikely to be risked with the opening Bundesliga game just a week away and the team that will play in this match should be able to do the job even without him.
Schmelzer is out for a few weeks with a groin injury while Kirch and Sokratis seem to have shaken off knocks from the Bayern game and resumed training on Friday.
Not sure what the lineup will be, but this would be my guess:
Piszczek --- Sokratis --- Ginter --- Durm
Jojic --- Bender
Aubameyang --- Mkhitaryan --- Grosskreutz
Dortmund have won 3-0 in this round in each of the last four seasons, hopefully the team can at least ensure victory here again and move on to the next phase of the cup.
In other news, Dortmund recorded a double-digit million profit for the third year in a row when the financial results for the 2013/14 season came out yesterday. The revenues amounted to 260.7 million euros in the company, which includes the BVB Merchandising GmbH. Profit after taxes of the group amounted to 12 million euros. The revenues in the individual financial statement of the company amounted to 223.8 million euros, with a profit after taxes of 10.6 million euros.
Watzke also stated that the club is in a very healthy situation and growing sustainably financially and has ambitions now to break the 300 million euro mark without any major transfers in the short to medium term for the future.