Schalke: Seven Reasons Not to Doubt the Germans Again in Run-Up to UCL Semifinal

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Schalke: Seven Reasons Not to Doubt the Germans Again in Run-Up to UCL Semifinal
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Admit it, non-Bundesliga watchers: When you saw Inter matched up with Schalke for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals, there wasn't a doubt in your mind that the Italians would be the ones locking horns with the victor of the Chelsea-Manchester United clash in the next round.

If you weren't one of the Königsblauen detractors—you two percent of football fans, you—good on your judgment.

All around the Internet though, from discussion boards to the Twitter accounts of football followers at every corner of the world, Schalke were being underestimated.

The Germans were to be completely out of their depth. After all, they didn't have the experience under European club football's brightest lights,  there would be no way they could contain the bundle of creativity that is Wesley Sneijder and they simply could not bottle up Samuel Eto'o.

So much for that.

Die Knappen demolished the Italians 7-3 on aggregate—including a 5-2 thrashing at the San Siro.

Thanks to a combination of swift counterattacking, well-taken corners, opportunistic finishing, never losing a mark in open play and good ol' fashioned hustle, it is the Bundesliga representatives that have earned the right to battle English giants Manchester United for a spot in the Champions League final in London's own Wembley Stadium.

Now, before you write Schalke off again, let's consider what strengths they actually have to bring to the Red Devils' table, shall we?

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