The German side takes the away-goal advantage into their home leg against Galatasaray after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.
Gelsenkirchen: Schalke have already won the game most of their fans consider the highlight of the season, so a place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League would only be a bonus.
The German side takes the away-goal advantage into their home leg against Galatasaray after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul, meaning a win or a 0-0 draw would seal them a place in the last eight.
Schalke go into Tuesday's match bolstered by a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund, but weakened by the absence of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, the striker who injured his left knee in the Ruhr derby Saturday and will miss several weeks.
Schalke's third straight Bundesliga victory was also their second this season over Dortmund, the detested neighbour, and it sent the fans into ecstasy.