Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick hoping to use team's inexperience to their advantage against Manchester United

German believes the team's lack of experience will make his charges more hungry and more passionate for the win compared to United's team who have experienced this before

 

Schalke manager Ralf Rangnick is hoping to use his team's inexperience as an advantage ahead of their Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester United.

With the exception of Raul, the experienced Spaniard, none of the other Schalke personnel have played in a Champions League semi-final before.

Rangnick however, doesn’t feel this is a bad thing, as he believes that his team will have added hunger and passion because it will be their first experience of a game of this magnitude.

He told reporters: "Manchester United do have a very experienced team, on average three to four years older than ours.

"But maybe the fact we are more inexperienced means we are a really hungry team with more passion.

"It is something that makes this match all the more alluring for our team.

"Our players are in this position for the first time, with the exception of Raul, who might be there for the last time.

"We have to show what we can achieve and get the best out of it, so hopefully, this will be a benefit for us."

Schalke have been this season’s surprise package in the Champions League having beaten Valencia and last season’s champions Inter Milan to get to this stage.

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