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Schalke aim for semis as winning habit returns

Schalke 04 will be in buoyant mood when they aim to complete a stunning Champions League upset against holders Inter Milan on Wednesday.

sports Updated: Apr 12, 2011 23:14 IST

Schalke 04 will be in buoyant mood when they aim to complete a stunning Champions League upset against holders Inter Milan on Wednesday.

New coach Ralf Rangnick has injected a winning mentality since taking over, masterminding a sensational 5-2 victory in the San Siro and erasing the club's Bundesliga relegation fears with a win against VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

"We have taken a lot of confidence with our win against Wolfsburg," defender Benedikt Hoewedes said after the win against the club managed by former coach Felix Magath.

"Now we have the necessary calm for the game against Inter."

However, he warned that there was still work to do before they could book their place in the semi-final against either Manchester United or Chelsea.

"Inter will most certainly try to reverse the result somehow and their front line is outstanding, that is no secret," said Hoewedes, who is again expected to be partnered in central defence by Joel Matip instead of Christoph Metzelder.

Schalke have now won all three games since Rangnick replaced Magath last month.

Inter restored some pride after an awful week by beating Chievo 2-0 in Serie A on Saturday but the holders know they have an almost impossible task in overturning Schalke's first leg advantage.