Champions League

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Jochen Schneider: We can’t simply return to day-to-day business

FC Schalke 04 sporting director Jochen Schneider was anything but pleased with his side’s performance on Tuesday evening as the Royal Blues fell to a 7-0 defeat away against Manchester City. Ahead of the team’s return flight to Germany, the sporting director describe Tuesday night as a “disappointing evening for the entire club. I feel sorry most of all for the fans who have travelled all the way to England to support us in the stadium. We really let them down.”

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Guido Burgstaller: A very hard evening

Guido Burgstaller gave his thoughts shortly after Schalke’s defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night: “A drubbing like that is hard. It really hurts. We can only apologise to the fans that made the trip. It was a very hard evening for them.”

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Domenico Tedesco: We made mistakes that we shouldn’t have

Both head coaches naturally agreed that Manchester City’s home win was fully deserved in the Etihad Stadium. Domenico Tedesco and Pep Guardiola gave their opinions on the one-sided 90 minutes. schalke04.de has summarised the reactions of the two coaches.

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S04 concede seven in Manchester

FC Schalke 04 are out of the Champions League. After losing the first leg 3-2, they suffered a heavy defeat to the English champions on Tuesday (12/3). The final score in the Etihad Stadium read 7-0.

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Domenico Tedesco: We really need a special day

Despite going into the last 16 tie against Manchester City in the Champions League as outsiders, Domenico Tedesco was quick to maintain that the Royal Blues wouldn’t be going into the game beaten before it has begun. “We have come here to try and take the small chance we have of winning,” said the head coach.

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A small chance that we want to take

FC Schalke 04 travel to Manchester to face Manchester City for the second leg of the last 16 Champions League tie, having lost the first leg 3-2 in Gelsenkirchen. The Royal Blues don’t want to gift City the game (Tuesday 12/3, 21:00 CET). Steven Skrzybski reiterated: “We have a small chance that we want to take.”

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Take the positives and move on

“Disappointed,” “sore,” “speechless,” - Schalke’s players similar opinions after the final whistle of Wednesday’s Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash against Manchester City. Despite being a goal and a man to the good with minutes to play, the Royal Blues fell to a late defeat at the VELTINS-Arena.

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Weston McKennie: We played with real heart

The Royal Blues were all disappointed after the 3-2 defeat to Manchester City. The S04 players were frustrated with the unnecessary goals conceded but were happy with the side’s performance. schalke04de. has summarised the reactions.

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Man City win 3-2 after two late goals

FC Schalke 04 narrowly missed out on a home victory on Wednesday evening (20/2) in the last 16 of the Champions League. The English champions went ahead early, before two Bentaleb penalties put S04 in front at half time. Two late goals then sealed the win for the Sky Blues.

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#S04MCI facts and stats: reunions for both sides

FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City have previously met twice in European competition. The English side beat the Royal Blues on their way to the 1969-70 European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. Schalke04.de presents more interesting facts and stats ahead of Wednesday’s game.

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Bastian Oczipka: Turning our nerves into enjoyment

It’s been 2541 days since Bastian Oczipka last made an appearance in the Champions League, and the 30-year-old will hope to feature in the competition again on Wednesday. “I’m buzzing,” says the left-back, who had an operation on his groin last summer, and therefore didn’t make Schalke’s Champions League squad for the first half of the competition.

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Domenico Tedesco: We need a good day

The Royal Blues have a tough, but exciting challenge ahead of them on Wednesday (20/2). The reigning English champions and current table toppers, Manchester City, will visit the VELTINS-Arena for the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League (21:00 CET). Head coach Domenico Tedesco is looking forward to the clash with the Sky Blues, which will see Ralf Fährmann keep his place in goal.

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Matija Nastasic: We’re the underdogs, but still have a chance

Matija Nastasic has been a Royal Blue since January 2015, when he signed from Manchester City. He made 51 competitive appearances for the Sky Blues and won the Premier League and League Cup. “I have a lot of memories of my time in Manchester. Looking back, I had two very enjoyable years at City,” said the defender.

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Matija Nastasic: Two special matches against Manchester City

Domenico Tedesco looks forward to facing attractive opponents, Christian Heidel gives his thoughts on a reunion with Leroy Sané, Matija Nastasic prepares to face his former club while Naldo provides an insight into Manchester City’s strengths in attack. Here is the reaction following today’s Champions League draw.

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S04 to face Manchester City in Champions League round of 16

There is a reunion with Leroy Sane on the cards as Schalke 04 are drawn against Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League. The draw took place earlier today in the Swiss city of Nyon.

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“It puts the wind back in our sails”

It came late, but Schalke definitely deserved their win against Lokomotiv Moscow. The three points mean that Schalke finish second in Group D on 11 points, advancing through to the round of 16.

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Alessandro Schöpf: The win is more important than my first Champions League goal

Having gained eleven points from six games, the Royal Blues are deservedly in the last 16 of the Champions League. Domenico Tedesco underlined how important the 1-0 win was for his side. His Russian counterpart, Juri Sjomin wished Schalke luck for the future. Goalscorer Alessandro Schöpf, debutant Benjamin Goller and returnee Cedric Teuchert all gave their thoughts in the mixed zone.

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Schöpf scores in injury time – S04 beat Lokomotiv 1-0

FC Schalke 04 won their final Champions League group game against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday (11/12). Alessandro Schöpf scored the winning goal in injury time, although the Royal Blues had already secured qualification for the next round before the game. The Russian Champions are now out of Europe after the defeat.

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Alessandro Schöpf: We can’t let this get us down

The derby defeat has been processed, and now it’s time for full concentration in the showdown against Lokomotiv Moscow. “The Champions League is a different competition – and we’re well placed”, says Alessandro Schöpf ahead of Tuesday’s game in the VELTINS-Arena. He goes on: “It’s a good feeling to know that we’ve qualified to the last 16 before we even kickoff. Still, we want to beat Lokomotiv as well, to finish the group stage on a high.”

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Domenico Tedesco: “Underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16”

Schalke have already made it into the knockout stages of the Champions League, but the Royal Blues still want to win their final group game against Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow evening (18:55 CET). “The game is important, because we want to underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16,” said Domenico Tedesco.