Huntelaar wants same again from Schake

The Dutch striker has scored in each of Schalke’s last two games

and now wants his goals to ensure the Gelsenkirchen-based club

bounce back on Wednesday from their defeat to Lyon in their first

group game. “If we play like we did against Monchengladbach, then I

am certain that we can beat Benfica,” he told the Algemeen Dagblad

newspaper. “We are playing a lot better now than in our previous

matches.” Huntelaar would gladly trade his goals for three points

tomorrow night. “Of course it was great for me to score my first

goal in our own stadium, but it would have been a lot better had we

won,” he added. His strike partner Raul was equally satisfied and

dissatisfied with his first goal in a Schalke shirt on Saturday. “I

am happy and proud to have been able to help my team with a goal,

but we must build on it now,” he said. “It will be easier for me

and the team now I have scored my first goal. That gives me a

boost. “It takes a while for a new team to work well together, but

you can see that something is emerging.” The two former Real Madrid

strikers were supported by Jose Manuel Jurado on Saturday with

Jefferson Farfan on the bench. Manager Felix Magath is likely to

pick the same team tomorrow night, although he has to make a change

in defence due to the suspension of Benedikt Howedes. Former

Germany international Frank Fahrenhorst was tested alongside

Christoph Metzelder in the back four in training yesterday, with

Nicolas Plestan and Kyriakos Papadopoulos the two other possible

options. Benfica arrive having never won a game on German soil, but

buoyed by a 1-0 win over Maritimo at the weekend. Fabio Coentrao

scored the decisive goal and the reported Bayern Munich target was

rewarded with a new contract. As the Portuguese club confirmed on

their website yesterday, the 22-year-old full-back has committed

himself to a new deal which expires in 2016, one year later than

his previous contract. As part of the new contract, a clause has

been included which means the Portugal international will only be

allowed to leave the club for a sum of 30 million euros. Both sides

have made similarly poor starts to their domestic campaigns with

Schalke winning only one of their first six matches and Benfica

winning three but also losing three of their opening games.