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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has been in good form for Schalke in the Champions League this season
Schalke were impressive in topping Group B ahead of Arsenal; a pairing with Galatasaray in the last 16 offers a genuine chance to reach the quarterfinals.
The Bundesliga side are not a team of superstars, but striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar represents a huge threat after scoring four times in six group-stage appearances.
The 29-year-old Holland international has strong backing in the Schalke team with midfielders Lewis Holtby, 22, and Julian Draxler, 19, emerging as real talents for the future and defender Benedikt Howedes scoring twice in the group stages.
With Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund facing potentially awkward ties against Arsenal and Shakhtar Donetsk, respectively, this is a chance for Schalke to make up for a disappointing Bundesliga season by becoming the only German side in the last eight.
Interim coach Jens Keller, who has replaced the sacked Huub Stevens until the end of the season, will also be looking to make his mark as a manager.