Klaas-Jan Huntelaar eyes Champions League qualification

Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is congratulated by team mate Christian Fuchs after scoring his second goal against Hamburg on August 11, 2013
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Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sets his sights on Champions League qualification and believes that his side could finish as high as second this season.

Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has set his sights on helping the team qualify for the Champions League this season.

Schalke have recently moved into the top four of the Bundesliga table at the expense of Borussia Monchengladbach courtesy of two wins from two games since the season restarted after the winter break.

Huntelaar started both of those matches having spent five-and-a-half months on the sidelines through injury, and he believes that his side could even have the quality to finish second behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich.

"Our priority is qualifying for the Champions League. We could still even finish second, but we shouldn't make things unnecessarily complicated for ourselves but rather take things from game to game," Huntelaar told Sport Bild.

Schalke are currently six points behind second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, whom they face next weekend after this Sunday's meeting with Hannover.

Wolfsburg's head coach Dieter Hecking stands by the pitch prior to the German first division Bundesliga football match Wolfsburg vs Hamburg in Wolfsburg on November 29, 2013
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1Borussia DortmundDortmund11003033
2Bayern Munich11003123
3Hertha Berlin11002023
4Schalke 04Schalke11002023
5Hannover11001013
6Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach11001013
7Hamburger SV11001013
8Hoffenheim11001013
9Eintracht FrankfurtFrankfurt10100001
10Freiburg10100001
11Augsburg100101-10
12FC Koln100101-10
13Mainz 05100101-10
14Werder Bremen100101-10
15Bayer LeverkusenB. Leverkusen100113-20
16RB Leipzig100102-20
17Stuttgart100102-20
18Wolfsburg100103-30