City are top of the Premier League, into the last eight of the FA Cup and have an EFL Cup final against Chelsea to look forward to later this week, but all focus now is on progressing in Europe
FC Schalke 04 is the next opponent for Pep Guardiola's side, who were given a surprisingly stern test of their credentials by League Two Newport at the weekend before eventually winning 4-1 courtesy of a late goal flurry that included a brace from young Phil Foden.
Despite finishing second to Bayern Munich last year under young coach Domenico Tedesco, the Royal Blues currently sit way down in 14th, just two places away from the relegation play-off spot.
Schalke had little trouble holding down a top-two spot in Group D, finishing seven points better off than Galatasaray after losing just one of their six matches - a 3-1 loss to Porto on matchday five.
City are back on a roll after their rare blip at Newcastle and continue to hunt an unprecedented quadruple despite a brief scare at Rodney Parade.
Schalke have performed well below expectations this season and can only hope to keep this tie close and head to Etihad Stadium in three weeks' time with a shot at progressing.
They will surely have trouble stemming City's seemingly endless stream of goals. So Quick starts & not expected to ease off even if they take the lead should be the mentality of Man City
Prediction: 🔵FC Schalke 04 (1-3) Man City🔵
Man City, unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games against German opposition, have been handed a favourable last-16 tie as Schalke have been poor this season and tend to struggle at this stage of the competition. However FC Schalke impressive defensive record on the continent does at least offer a little hope that they can keep things tight ahead of the return match next month, but City will still fancy their chances of scoring an away goal or more.
Пеп Гвардиола: «Лига чемпионов – особенный турнир. У «Ман Сити» большие мечты»
Главный тренер «Манчестер Сити» Пеп Гвардиола поделился ожиданиями от матча против «Шальке» в 1/8 финала Лиги чемпионов. «Это особенный турнир. Хорошие команды. Нужно контролировать свои эмоции. Нужно терпеть и переживать плохие моменты. Но мы уверены в себе. У нас большие мечты. Нельзя пройти дальше, если ты не будешь самим собой, если не покажешь свою лучшую игру. Если хочешь мечтать и пробиться в последние стадии, нужно действовать невероятно в каждую секунду и навязывать свою игру. Быть собой – вот что я хочу увидеть.» Pep Guardiola: “The Champions League is a special tournament. “Man City” has big dreams ”
Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola shared his expectations of the match against Schalke in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. «This is a special tournament. Good teams. You need to control your emotions. Need to endure and experience bad moments. But we are confident. We have big dreams.
You can not go further if you are not yourself, if you do not show your best game. If you want to dream and make it in the final stages, you need to act incredibly every second and impose your game. Being me is what I want to see.»
The Biggest tie of the day we see Liverpool take on Bayern Munich at Anfield. Liverpool have not lost a European game at home since 2014 in the Champions League against Madrid. Bayern are in good form, having closed the gap to league table leaders Dortmund to just 3 points. •
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Lyon take on Barcelona in the last 16 of the champions league in the Rhônes-Alps. Barcelona are in poor Knockout Round away form, (1D 4L), but Lyon are without Nabil Fekir tonight.
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The travelling squad to face Schalke:
Goalkeepers: Ederson, Muric, Grimshaw
Defenders: Walker, Danilo, Sandler, Kompany, Laporte, Otamendi, Zinchenko
Midfielders: Gundogan, Fernandinho, De Bruyne, David Silva, Bernardo Silva, Foden
Forwards: Mahrez, Sterling, Sané, Aguero
No Mendy, Jesus, Stones or Delph in travelling squad. However, Kompany travels.