WATCH: Innovation Champions - Will Manchester City pass and press Schalke into submission?

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Masters in long passing sequences and winning the ball high up the pitch, City's intense and irresistible style could prove too much for Schalke

Under the tutelage of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have found a perfect balance between elegance and aggression.

Their pressing style is just as effective as their passing game, meaning their opposition are not afforded a moment's peace, with or without the ball.

Predictably, the Premier League champions rank second in Europe for 10+ pass sequences, typified by Raheem Sterling's well-worked effort in the UEFA Champions League group stage against Shakhtar Donetsk earlier this season.

Guardiola's men will hope for more of the same against Wednesday's opponents Schalke, but they certainly have more than one method of getting the better of those they come up against.

Masterful in possession, City are also among Europe's elite for forcing turnovers in the final third, doing so 38 times this season - only title rivals Liverpool (40) have forced more.

Will they continue their intelligent movement this week?

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Posted by Football Santander on Tuesday, 19 February 2019

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Throughout the 2018-19 season, the 'Innovation Champions' series will highlight the Intelligent Movement of Europe's top teams. Follow the series on Facebook at Nissan Football Lab.