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Group B
Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)

Schalke coach Mirko Slomko says his side are “happy to still have a chance” of reaching the UEFA Champions League knockout stage for the first time ahead of their game against Rosenborg.

Schalke go into the game third in the grroup, two points behind their Rosenborg and needing victory to join group winners Chelsea in the last 16.

The pressure is on the German team who could still miss out on the UEFA Cup spot should Valencia beat Chelsea in the evening’s other game.

“Victory against Rosenborg will take us a step forward,” Slomko said. “We’re very motivated and will take a lot of confidence from the away match against Rosenborg. I don’t think they’re dream opponents for us, but I have dreamt about playing our last game at home and then about the knockout phase. We’re happy we’re at home and still have a chance.”

Slomka takes inspiration from having held the Chelsea, especially given the 4-0 drubbing Chelsea thrashing out to Rosenborg two weeks ago.

“Our performance against Chelsea gives us the right spirit – we just need to score goals,” he added.

“There’s no favourite but perhaps playing at home gives us a little advantage. If we perform at the same level as we did against Chelsea then we can win. Rosenborg are defensively strong but perhaps their loss to Chelsea makes them less confident at the moment. Also there are no more league games in Norway, so they have not played for a while.”

Schalke are without the injured Christian Pander but with Heiko Westermann and Levan Kobiashvili both available again. However, both Mladen Krstajic and Ivan Rakitic have been left out of the squad after they were spotted at a nightclub on Sunday night.

Rosenborg coach Trond Henriksen, was giving little away, confirming only that midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred will have a fitness test following a bout of flu.

Henriksen claims the onus is on Schalke as Rosenborg are already assured of European football – by finishing above Valencia – next spring.

“We have a game plan,” he said. “We won’t sit back and try to defend but will look to go forward. They have to win. We’re playing against a good team with a good defence but we must focus on ourselves.

“If we fight and play the best we can, we’ll be satisfied. Regarding the Chelsea game, the players were over-confident before the match and therefore made some bad mistakes. It’s not easy for them to concentrate as our season has ended, but we are focused for this match.”

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