Schalke v Manchester City preview: all we need to know

  • Tedesco: “We owe it to ourselves and a fans”
  • Manchester City have won 12 of their final 13 matches
  • Sané (2011–16), Nastasić (2012–14) face former clubs
  • Return leg takes place in Manchester on 12 March

Reporter’s perspective (James Thorogood, Schalke’s final turn of 16 coming in 2015 was a thriller as they stormed behind from a 2-0 first-leg detriment to Real Madrid to give a champions an almighty trepidation during a Bernabéu, descending only brief in a 5-4 total defeat. Out of form and adult opposite free-scoring City, it’s tough to suppose a Royal Blues recreating a sorcery of a night Leroy Sané scored on his UEFA Champions League debut, though Schalke won’t fear a purpose of underdog.

Possible line-ups

Watch marvellous Sané idea for Schalke

Watch marvellous Sané idea for Schalke

Schalke: Fährmann; Caligiuri, S Sané, Nastasić, Oczipka; McKennie, Bentaleb, Matondo, Uth, Konoplyanka; Burgstaller
Out: Mascarell (suspended), Embolo (metatarsal), Schöpf (knee)
Doubtful: Stambouli (cheekbone)
Misses subsequent diversion if booked: Embolo, Rudy, Stambouli

Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Danilo; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Bernardo; Sterling, Agüero, L Sané
Out: Mendy (knee), Bravo (Achilles), Gabriel Jesus (hamstring), Stones (adductors)
Doubtful: Kompany (muscular)
Misses subsequent diversion if booked: Agüero, Otamendi, Fernandinho


Key battle

Nastasić v Agüero: Sergio Agüero has been in peppery form – the Argentina striker scoring dual hat-tricks in his final 3 games – but Schalke’s three-man defence, that conceded only 4 goals in 6 organisation outings, presents a unbending test. “We’re underdogs though we still consider we have a chance,” pronounced centre-back Matija Nastasić. If a Serbian can get a improved of his former team-mate, a chances of Schalke holding a certain outcome to Manchester will be most higher.

Where to watch

Man. City: The story so far

Man. City: The story so far

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Form guide

Last game: Schalke 0-0 Freiburg (16/02)

Man. City
Last game: Newport County 1-4 City (16/02, FA Cup final 16)

Domenico Tedesco, Schalke coach

There’s zero like a Champions League knockout compare opposite one of a world’s best. We have worked tough to be means to play in a diversion like this. By logic, we are in with a chance. Of march we aren’t favourites, though we have done it to this turn [on merit]. Manchester City have an intensely clever group and we need to be strong. We owe it to ourselves and to a fans.

City are really structured in their phases of play. Every actor knows what a others are doing. They are quite good in a ‘number eight’ position. Yet even if we do your pursuit well, it can make we exposed in some respects. Any group can compensate a cost [against them].

Pep Guardiola, Man. City manager

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