Man City continue to fight on four fronts this week as they return to Champions League knockout action for the sixth successive season.
The western German city of Gelsenkirchen is the destination for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Who was 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?
City’s trip to Veltins-Arena, which comes after they topped a group containing Lyon, Shakhtar Donetsk, and Hoffenheim,
also takes place just four days before the small matter of a Carabao Cup final date against Chelsea at Wembley.
Their opponents, Schalke, finished ahead of Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow as the comfortable runners-up to FC Porto in a somewhat weak Group D,
though are in the midst of a hugely disappointing domestic campaign.
Die Konigsblauen, managed by 33-year-old Domenico Tedesco, currently sit 14th in the Bundesliga after claiming a goalless draw at home to Freiburg on Saturday despite playing for 48 minutes with 10 men following Suat Serdar’s dismissal.
Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to show their true colors if they are to shake off their Champions League hoodoo.
City has been eliminated in the last-16 three times in the last five seasons, despite winning the Premier League twice in that time including a record-breaking 100-point tally in the last campaign.
Guardiola’s side made it to the quarter-finals last season before an emphatic defeat to Liverpool over two legs, but he wants City to be themselves if they are to go further this time around.
Team News of Schalke vs Manchester City
Fresh off making his first Bundesliga start, Welsh winger Rabbi Matondo could face the club he left in an £11.29million deal in January.
Breel Embolo (foot) is a long-term absentee, while Benjamin Stambouli (cheekbone), Alessandro Schopf (knee) and Steven Skrzybski (hamstring) have not featured since the 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin last month.
However, Guido Burgstaller made his first appearance in more than two months from the bench on Saturday following Achilles and groin issues.
John Stones and Gabriel Jesus have been ruled out of Manchester City’s Champions League tie with Schalke.
The pair were left behind as Pep Guardiola’s side flew out for Wednesday’s round of 16 first leg tie in Germany.
Stones is recovering from a groin strain, while Jesus has a hamstring problem – but both are expected to recover in time for Sunday’s League Cup showdown with Chelsea at Wembley.
Benjamin Mendy, who is still working his way back to full fitness after a meniscus injury, also stayed behind, despite returning to training this week.
Fabian Delph was also absent from City’s traveling squad.
But Vincent Kompany is in contention to take part against Schalke after more than a month on sidelines.
Schalke (3-4-3): Fahrmann; Nastasic, Oczipka, Sane; McKennie, Serdar, Bentaleb, Harit; Uth Matondo, Kutucu
Man City (4-3-3): Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, De Bruyne, D Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Sane
Score prediction: Schalke 1-3 Man City
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This will be the fourth time that these two teams have squared off throughout their respective histories.
They last met in the group stages of the Uefa Cup back in November 2008, when goals from Stephen Ireland and Benjani sealed a 2-0 victory for City in Gelsenkirchen and a place in the last 32.