Champions league : Knockout stage, 20 February 2019 – 21: 00 Local time, Veltins Arena, LiveText at FootballBetExpert
Schalke Manager Domenico Tedesco is confident that his team, currently fifth-bottom of the Bundesliga, would have to be at their best to get anything from the game at the Veltins-Arena tonight.
Shalke are clear underdogs in the game, but they certainly deserve to be here because they advanced deservedly from a group of good teams.
In terms of injuries for Schalke, Omar Mascarell will miss the game through suspension while Breel Embolo and Steven Skrzybski are both short of fitness and Alessandro Schopf a long-term absentee.
Manchester City travel to Gelsenkirchen looking forward to score goals and win the game agaist Schalke.
City have been eliminated in the last-16 three times in the last five seasons, despite winning the Premier League twice in that time including a record-breaking 100-point tally in the last campaign.
Guardiola’s side made it to the quarter-finals last season before an emphatic defeat to Liverpool over two legs, but he wants City to be themselves if they are to go further this time around.
Defenders Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy and Eliaquim Mangala, are all back to training.
However, John Stones and Gabriel Jesus will both be absent due to respective groin and hamstring injuries.
“In both situations, whether we play later or earlier, the only chance we have is to win the games. If not it will be almost over,” said the City boss.
“Every game for us is a final, in the cup competitions every game is also a final. What should we do playing first? We have to win. What should we do when playing after? We have to win.”
It announces a tough game with both teams in need of points. We see Man City stronger team today, they have better players and coach that will prepare in smallest details to win this game. They are in ascendant moment and their good form will certainly continue at Veltins arena. Pep Guardiola’s side have been in tremendous form since their dip in December. City’s busy schedule has seen them play 12 fixtures over various competitions since the New Year, winning 11 times and scoring 46 goals along the way. On the other hand Schalke are clear underdogs in this game but playing in front of their supporters at Veltins Arena can be a massive advantage.
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