Rangnick - Nothing to lose
Ralf Rangnick believes Schalke can play 'without any inhibitions' in the second leg against Man Utd.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 7:49am
Ralf Rangnick believes Schalke can play 'without any inhibitions' in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final against Manchester United.
Schalke, who knocked out holders Inter Milan in the previous round, were beaten 2-0 at home by United on Tuesday evening after being outclassed by the Premier League leaders.
Highly-rated goalkeeper Manuel Neuer ensured the scoreline remained respectable, but Schalke still have a mountain to climb to reach the final at Wembley.
Rangnick is hoping complacency will creep into the United ranks and is determined to see an improved performance from his team at Old Trafford next week.
"I cannot criticise the fighting spirit we displayed, we have only been together for five weeks, it's more the tactical things that I find fault with," said Rangnick, who only recently took over as Schalke coach.
"We will not capitulate and will have to try to improve several things in the return leg.
"United are in the driving seat, of course, but a lot of things have happened in football and we've already shown that we can score goals away from home.
"Maybe United will be too sure that they'll progress now. Who knows? We'll see. We can play there without any inhibitions and have absolutely nothing to lose."
Neuer's performance in goal drew praise from United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and Rangnick feels the keeper, who is expected to join Bayern Munich in the summer, demonstrated why he is in demand across Europe.
He added: "From 15 minutes on we did something wrong with every United attack, making poor decisions, offering them too much room and standing around in space without attacking.
"They threatened with every attack and we had Manuel Neuer to thank for not being one, two or even three goals down at half-time.
"If you have followed his development in recent years you would know that there is no better goalkeeper in Europe or anywhere else."