Domenico Tedesco accepts that Schalke 04 only got a “small chance” of beating Manchester City in the Champions League, but vowed to give it everything.
The Royal Blues fell to a 3-2 first-leg defeat of their last-16 tie with City on February 20 in Germany and will now have it all to do at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.
Schalke have since lost all three of their last matches and conceded a staggering 11 goals in the process, which leaves them down in 14th-place in the Bundesliga and just four points above the drop zone.
Therefore, the German side aren’t expected to pose much of a threat to City with many expecting a low-key Champions League exit for Schalke.
But manager Tedesco insists the tie is not over yet, despite conceding their big disadvantage from the first-leg defeat.
“We have come here to try and take the small chance we have of winning,” said the head coach,” said Tedesco on the club website.
“We have to play even better this time and need a really special day!”
The 33-year-old also confirmed that he will not be making many changes to the line-up from last Friday’s 4-2 loss at Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga with full-back Daniel Caligiuri the only certain absentee due to an ankle injury.
Captain Ralf Fahrmann will return in goal for Schalke on Tuesday night after being left out of the line-up in favour of Alexander Nubel for the past three games.
Meanwhile, striker Steven Skrzybski agreed with Tedesco that Schalke only have a “small chance” of beating City.
But the 26-year-old is no mood to give up and remains hopeful of an upset.
“We have a small chance that we want to take,” said Skrzybski.
“It’s a Champions League last 16 tie,” he said. “We have to play that and see what happens. After all, anything can happen in football!”
The Schalke and City match will begin at 9:00 (CET) on Tuesday.