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Champions League: Schalke face tough test


Champions League: Schalke face tough test


Schalke will be looking to make it through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2011 when they take on Real Madrid on Wednesday.

With last year’s heavy defeat to the Spanish giants still fresh in the memory, Roberto Di Matteo’s men know they will have to remain solid in defense throughout the 90 minutes.

While the former Chelsea coach will be without the likes of Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka and Jefferson Farfan, Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is likely to start Raphael Varane and Nacho to replace the injured Sergio Ramos and Pepe.

Elsewhere FC Basel entertain Porto. The hosts will be missing Swiss international Fabian Schär while Julen Lopetegui should have a fully fit squad to choose from.

Basel progressed as runners-up from a tough group that also contained Real Madrid, while Porto claimed top spot in Group H with an unbeaten record of four wins and two draws.

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