The Champions, even in their most competitive phases, show uneven duels. This is one.
Not only is it about the greatness based on tactics imposed by Pep Guardiola’s team, as the Germans do not go through their best days. Although it seemed that no day is good enough to face Manchester City.
It takes more English in Germany, yes. They are developed in a great way.
But not English teams visiting Germany, not those. Those can destroy everything.
The outlook is not favorable for Schalke on this occasion. It can take two months, two years, or even two decades and neither will it be.
Broad favoritism of the City? Never better said. Two key aspects:
Depth on the campus
December and February are crucial months in the seasons of European football. Especially in English football. There is no vacation, there is no rest.
The cityzens know it. And they are prepared perfectly for that moment.
Currently, the celestial side of Manchester could take three internationally competitive XI. Seriously, I’m not exaggerating.
Maybe it’s the team with more depth on the bench. Maybe they are extraterrestrials and that’s it.
Injuries will be a problem … For those with a short template.
Oh, look! What a coincidence! It’s the Schalke!
The adventures of Herr Pep
Guardiola’s experience in Germany will be vital. He revolutionized a whole country with concepts and good football, in addition to testing his ideas in each game.
Nobody could compete with him. It was transcendental.
Of course he knows Schalke. And, of course, at this precise moment, he has several plans to defeat them; counteracting its virtues and exploiting to the maximum the strengths of his team.
It is because he is a genius and knows the context.
He was able to beat the Germans during his stay in Munich, now with another more consolidated team and better ideas, looking to do it again.
Or who knows what Pep could do?