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Bentaleb believes Schalke can defeat City

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: Nabil Bentaleb of FC Schalke 04 reacts after the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Sport-Club Freiburg at Veltins-Arena on February 16, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The Algeria international footballer believes his side has everything it needs to be able to beat Manchester City in today’s Champions League match.

German Bundesliga club Schalke will host today English Premier League side Manchester City at Veltins Arena.

The game will be part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 series.

And for the Royal Blues player Nabil Bentaleb the game will be very difficult but he believes his side can defeat City.

“It will be an unbelievable game for us to play,” Bentaleb was quoted by Goal.

“I am not living in a dream world, I know it is going to be very tough, We know that they are much better than us on paper. But we are there to perform and at the end of the day, in football, anything can happen.”

The Algerian international spent three years with EPL club Tottenham Hotspur before moving to Schalke in 2016.

He worked alongside Mauricio Pochettino and knows the Premier League very well.

“Pochettino was one of the first ones who always believed in me,” he explained.

“There were some players the club bought but he put me, a 19-year-old boy, in to play every game. He put a lot of trust in me.”

“I was young and when I came back from injuries, I wanted to play. I was so hungry to play straight away, and so frustrated when I didn’t play. I know that the coach was just doing this to protect me,” he added.

“I got injured and when I came back, I wanted to play so bad that I had some arguments [with Pochettino]. I was a little bit frustrated, and I was learning basically. Being on the bench is a learning curve.”

“We spoke to each other for a bit, it was really nice. I knew he wanted the best for me. I respect him for sure, I have no problem with him,” the player said.

“My desire to play was too much, and after that, I was swerving away. Now, a couple of years later, I know why. I have a bit more maturity, I understand now. I understand what was best for me. And it was good for me when I look back at it.”