Rangnick accepts outsiders tag

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Schalke boss Ralf Rangnick has labelled his side "clear outsiders" for the Champions League semi-final against Manchester United despite watching them ease past defending champions Inter Milan.

Schalke followed up their stunning 5-2 win at Inter last week with an impressive 2-1 win built on a resolute defensive display on Wednesday night to set up a last-four clash with Sir Alex Ferguson's men.

Rangnick said: "A semi-final in the Champions League is something extraordinary for all of us and against Manchester United we will start in a similar position to how we began against Inter; as clear outsiders. But again, anything can happen and if it all goes to plan we can reach the final."

He added: "First we have to produce some good results in the Bundesliga to give us a boost: with every positive result our Champions League chances improve."


Rangnick was full of praise for his defence after they repelled a potent Inter attack needing goals to overturn the deficit from the San Siro.

Thiago Motta did score for the Nerazzurri but his goal was sandwiched by efforts from veteran Raul and Benedikt Howedes.

Rangnick added: "Last week we won the game in attack, playing brave offensive football and laying the foundation for this match. Today the team defended outstandingly.

"We allowed them maybe two chances from open play and if you look at Inter's attacking options, you know what my boys have done.

"The goal we conceded came from a set piece and if we had been a bit more clinical we could have won by an even bigger margin."

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