Markus Schubert suffered an injury, so Alexander Nübel will be Schalke’s starting goalkeeper for the foreseeable future. Many fans wanted to see Schubert lock down the starting job for the remainder of the 2019-2020 campaign, but his performance against Bayern, which wasn’t as bad as it seemed, reminded fans that he’s still a young and improving goalkeeper.
Nübel will leave for Bayern at the end of the season, but he could still be an asset to Schalke’s push for a Champions League spot. He needs to be spotless, though. Any poor patch of play would mean that a healthy Schubert could usurp him – not to mention the stick he’ll get from the home supporters if he were to make a mistake.
The pressure is on Nübel. Expect to see Krzysztof Piatek and Hertha BSC threaten his goal more frequently on Tuesday.
Weston McKennie isn’t fully 100 percent after dislocating his shoulder in December against Eintracht Frankfurt, but he made his return to the lineup on Friday in midfield, allowing Daniel Caligiuri to play as a right wing back in Jonjoe Kenny‘s (illness) place.
It was only his first game back, but McKennie already looked in good form. He was all over the pitch, playing as a box-to-box midfielder next to Suat Serdar. McKennie showed his usual great reading of the game, winning three interceptions, per WhoScored.com.
Serdar seemed to aggravate a foot injury against Berlin on Friday, so McKennie could very well start over the Germany international this week. If that’s the case, look for him to have a big say on this knockout match.