Schalke team news and update on who is injured and who will likely play. Draxler says: “We can beat Chelsea.”
Tonight will show if FC Schlake is for real in this year’s Champions League. Two games. Two wins. And all of that with a clean sheet. “Schalke is getting off to a dream start,” the German football magazine kicker wrote.
Kevin-Prince Boateng’s knee injury
One of the main factors of Schalke’s success is recently signed Kevin-Prince Boateng, who played for Tottenham Hotspur between 2007-2009. Boateng battled with a knee injury, travelled to Bavaria for a special treatment and was yesterday on the training pitch for the first time since the beginning of this month, German tabloid Bild reported.
However as we reported earlier Boateng’s status remains questionable till right before the beginning of the game. And if he comes back 100% healthy it still has to be seen how he handles a full match on the pitch with just one or two training sessions.
Jermaine Jones will quite likely play instead of Hoger
FC Schalke midfielder Marco Hoger was carried off injured in Schalke’s close 3-2 win in last weekends Bundesliga match away at Eintracht Braunschweig. USA international Jermaine Jones will quite likely get the nod tonight. The 31-year-old was suspended in the last Champions League match against FC Basel and battled through some knee issues lately.
The alternative at the defensive midfield position is 18-year-old Leon Goretzka who had decent game last weekend and scored a goal. However Goretzka haven’t earned the trust of manager Jens Keller yet to play at this level but maybe as a substitute late in the game.
Goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand is back healthy after an injury and will play tonight.
Schalke’s predicted line-up for tonight:
Hildebrand / Uchida, Howedes, Matip, Aogo / Neustadter, Jones / Boateng, Meyer, Draxler / Szalai
Draxler and Meyer: Schalke’s young guns in the middle
The position to watch tonight is Schalke’s offensive midfield. 18-year-old Max Meyer who likes to be Schalke’s next Julian Draxler and the £38 million man himself. Draxler, leading up to this game, showed a lot of confidence to get the third Champions League win in a row.
“I don’t think Chelsea will be surprised by how good we are,” Draxler said.
“Mourinho will tell his side how strong we are. He’s one of the best coaches if not the best coach in the world. It will be a difficult game, but we are at home and we've won the first two matches. We can beat Chelsea.”
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