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.”

The striker reaffirmed that the squad aren’t travelling to Manchester for a holiday. “It’s a Champions League last 16 tie,” he said. “We have to play that and see what happens. After all, anything can happen in football!”

First Royal Blue trip for Schneider

This will be the first Champions League trip for new Head of Sport Jochen Schneider at Schalke. “It will be a big game. Man City are one of the best four teams in Manchester right now,” explained the 48-year-old. “We will take the challenge on and are eagerly awaiting the game. We need to put a top performance in against a team who has quality players in every position. We have to bring our club values onto the pitch too.”

The current plight in the Bundesliga is still of importance to Schneider: “We are all aware of how things are going right now. The game in Manchester is important, but the Bundesliga is obviously more important. Despite that, we want to give the English champions the best possible game we can.” The Knappen will face RB Leipzig on Saturday in the Bundesliga (16/3). “As soon as the game in Manchester is over, we will start concentrating fully on Leipzig!”

Following players have travelled to Manchester:

Goalkeepers: Ralf Fährmann, Alexander Nübel, Michael Langer*, Yannic Lenze

Defenders: Hamza Mendyl, Matija Nastasic, Benjamin Stambouli, Sascha Riether*, Bastian Oczipka, Salif Sané, Jeffrey Bruma

Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Suat Serdar, Nabil Bentaleb, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Sebastian Rudy, Rabbi Matondo

Strikers: Ahmed Kutucu, Guido Burgstaller, Steven Skrzybski, Cedric Teuchert, Breel Embolo

*not registered for the Champions League

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