Match Preview: Schalke 04 vs Manchester City

Schalke host Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League’s round of 16 tonight at 9 PM (GMT+1).

It is Pep Guardiola’s third season with the Citizens and the Spaniard would like to see his team progress to the late stage of the competition, as City chase the historic quadruple this season.

Team news

Omar Mascarell will miss the game for Schalke through suspension, while Breel Embolo and Steven Skrzybski are both short of fitness. Alessandro Schopf is a long-term absentee for the German side.

John Stones and Gabriel Jesus will both be absent for Manchester City, due to groin and hamstring injuries respectively.

Vincent Kompany, Benjamin Mendy, and Eliaquim Mangala are back in training and will be able to help the team tonight.

What did the managers say

Domenico Tedesco, the manager of Schalke 04, think his team would have to be at their best to get anything from Wednesday’s game at the Vetlins-Arena.

Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus

Fabio Capello backs quality Matthijs de Ligt to improve

Former Juventus boss Fabio Capello is confident Matthijs de Ligt will bounce back from a shaky start and rediscover his best form in Turin over time.

“We are the clear underdogs in the game, that much is obvious. But we deserve to be here because we advanced deservedly from a group of good teams.

“We have to have a perfect day if we are to get anything out of the game. We owe it to us and to Schalke.”

Pep was eliminated in the round of 16 against Monaco two years ago, and he wants City to be themselves if they are to go further this time around.

“You can’t go through in these competitions if you’re not yourself. Sooner or later you’ll be out, here, the quarters. If you want to dream of the latter stages you have to be yourself, incredible every minute. It’s a challenge.

“We have to control our emotions, suffer the bad moments, The right moments make the difference.

“We are confident. We arrive with many dreams in our heads. We want to try and score goals. We will try to get a good result to finish the job in Manchester.”

Stats

  • Schalke and Manchester City are facing each other in a third different European competition after the Cup Winners Cup (1969/70 semi-final) and UEFA Cup (2008/09 group stages).
  • The Citizens are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against German opponents.
  • Schalke have been knocked out in the round of 16 in each of their last three Champions League appearances.
  • Manchester City have lost five of their eight Champions League knockout games away from home.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the Champions League on two occasions as a manager of Barcelona, in 2009 and 2011.

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