Boateng: Schalke want to be at Chelsea's level

The 26-year-old admits he is relishing the prospect of facing the Blues in London and head coach Jens Keller has hailed the Ghanaian as a pivotal player for the clash

Kevin-Prince Boateng believes it would be a great achievement for Schalke if they can take something from their Champions League game against Chelsea on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga outfit suffered a 3-0 home defeat in the reverse fixture against the Blues in the previous matchday and the former AC Milan midfielder is eager to make amends for their showing in Gelsenkirchen.

"We're absolutely motivated. We want to play teams like Chelsea and be on the same level. It will be a difficult match as Chelsea is one of the best teams in the world," he told a press conference.

"I'm looking forward to playing in England again. London is a great city."

Schalke boss Jens Keller is also desperate for his side to earn a positive result at Stamford Bridge and believes Boateng will play a huge part in his side's chances on Wednesday.

"It would be a great achievement for the team if we take something here. We want to take something countable," he said.

"Kevin-Prince Boateng is absolutely a key player. He works on constructive criticism and improves."

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres, who scored twice in Chelsea's triumph in Germany, has been ruled out of the match through injury but Keller believes his loss will not affect Jose Mourinho's side.

"Torres' injury does not matter," he stated.