May 9, 2012; Chester, PA, USA; FC Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby (10) settles ball during the first half against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Schalke focusing on defense for Chelsea match


Chelsea hosts Schalke 04 in a Champions League match this week. Both are tied atop Group E with six points a piece. Had Schalke not lost to Chelsea on their own pitch, they could be sitting alone at the top of the table. Schalke is looking to rebound on the road at Stamford Bridge.

“We still have a bit to make up for,” Schalke captain Benedikt Hoewedes said, via ESPN FC. “We lost the first leg, which was a bit annoying because we had many good chances to score.”

The plan for the rematch is to focus on defense and counter attack.

“We now want to keep a clean sheet, be compact at the back and become dangerous with our counter attacks.”

Defense doesn’t really seam to be the problem for Schalke, it is offense. Schalke has a one goal differential heading into this week. They’ve allowed three goals, only one more than Chelsea has allowed and one of the better marks in any group. The problem for Schalke is their lack of offensive production. They’ve scored only four goals.

Schalke has won two games in group play and held each team to a clean sheet. Their one loss was to Chelsea, who scored all three goals Schalke has allowed.

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