Cologne vs Borussia Dortmund Preview
Cologne forward Lukas Podolski has ruffled the feathers of his own club's management ahead of the clash with Borussia Dortmund.
The Germany international has criticised the way his club is structured and feels the board would be well advised to take a close look at tomorrow's opponents and learn from them.
"It has nothing to do with financial means," he said in an interview with Sport Bild magazine.
"Marco Reus or Kevin Grosskreutz were both playing on our doorstep and are now at other clubs. Or why don't we manage to pull off a transfer like the Shinji Kagawa one?
"We simply don't have a clear strategy. In Dortmund you can recognise a clear concept.
"All we get to hear is how good our fans are, how great our stadium is. There are clubs with far worse financial means than us, yet they are doing better."
Podolski can expect a fine for his remarks, but he should nevertheless lead Cologne's attack at the Mungersdorfer Stadion, where Cologne are in desperate need of points after winning only one of their first seven matches.
Dortmund, on the other hand, have won their last six in a row.
However, that does not mean they can expect tomorrow's game to be any easier, according to coach Jurgen Klopp.
"Cologne have been playing better than their results would lead one to believe," he warned.
A win would take Dortmund to the top of the table on goal difference ahead of Klopp's former club Mainz, who are in action against Hamburg on Saturday.
Given the Westphalians' excellent form, Klopp is likely to name an unchanged side for tomorrow's short trip.