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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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Suat Serdar banned for three matches

On Tuesday (19/2), the DFB’s sport tribunal gave Suat Serdar a three-match ban and fined him 10,000€ for his rough tackle on an opponent in Saturday’s game.

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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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Neither a glass half empty, nor a glass half full

The Royal Blues had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Freiburg on Saturday. “When you play for more than 45 minutes with a man down, then you’ve got to accept a point,” says Matija Nastasic, who, like the rest of the team, had wanted to get more than a draw.