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Schalke boss confident of progression despite Chelsea loss

Keller's men were downed 3-0. (©GettyImages)
Keller's men were downed 3-0. (©GettyImages).

Schalke manager Jens Keller is confident that his side are still comfortably in the running to qualify for the knock-out stages of the UEFA Champions League, reports Sky Sports.

The Bundesliga club were convincingly overcome by a rampant Chelsea 3-0 in their Match Day 3 meeting at the Veltins-Arena last night, but the 42-year-old remains defiant that his Schalke side are well-placed to reach the round of 16.

"Our position in the group is still good because Basle and Steaua Bucharest drew in the group's other match," he said.

"It's all up for grabs. Chelsea are still the favourites to win the group."

The German believes the 3-0 scoreline was a harsh result based on the handful on clear chances his men created against a top Premier League opponent.

"On its own, the 3-0 scoreline sounds significant. But I don't think the result really reflects the nature of the match because it wasn't quite so clear-cut.

"We raised our game after falling behind early on and did everything in our power to try and equalise.

"We had our chances. But if you have three or four good chances against a top team, then you have to score."

Keller was particularly frustrated by the soft goal that the home side conceded five minutes into the match, but he also admired the Blues' top-class ability to capitalise on his side's errors.

"What annoys me is the fact that they scored an early goal from a fairly routine situation.

"The opposition's second and third goals were proof of their great quality. Chelsea punished our individual mistakes ruthlessly."

Schalke now sit second in Group E behind the English club on goal difference and will visit Stamford Bridge early next month to contend the reverse fixture of last night. 

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