Fenerbahçe welcome Schalke in the first of the teams’ double header over the course of the next fortnight.
Fenerbahçe coach Christoph Daum was in upbeat mood when he discussed the fixture.
“We know Schalke are very good. We are not underestimating them but we have our own talents and if we can get them into play, then the three points will be ours,” said Daum.
“We want a win to put pressure on them when they are playing at home. We know how important details are in this kind of match.”
Fenerbahçe failed to progress from the group stage last term, but Daum has strengthened his line-up with the additions of striker N?colas Anelka and midfielder Stephen Appiah.
Tuncay Sanl? is not fully fit and is likely to start on the bench with defender Servet Çetin.
Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick acknowledges that the two fixtures against Fenerbahce will be crucial in determining which side accompanies group favourites Milan into the knockout stages.
“Milan are favourites from this group. In a way this tie looks a little like the battle for second spot,” Rangnick said.
On that, Daum and Rangnick are in agreement.
“This is a group that is very strong and very balanced,” said Daum. “Milan are favourites and the others are battling for second place.”