Football: Schalke bank on Boateng and youth to beat Chelsea in Champions League

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Schalke are hoping new signing Kevin-Prince Boateng as well as teenagers Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer can power the Germans past Chelsea tomorrow as they look for their third win in three games in their Champions League group.

With six players missing through injury, coach Jens Keller hinted that he would use a makeshift line-up.

"We have to show a different face against Chelsea," he said after their narrow 3-2 win over promoted Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday.

He promised there would be "many young players".

Goretzka and Meyer, both 18 and among Germany's biggest talents, were on target against Braunschweig.

Ghana international Boateng, who has almost single-handedly jump-started Schalke's campaign to climb up the table since joining in September, was ruled out with a knee injury on Saturday but is expected to train today.

Schalke, top of Group E on six points, aim to get at least a draw against Chelsea to stay top of the table.

Said Schalke sports director Horst Heldt: "We have six points on the table and Chelsea have only three. They are still the favourites but it is them who are under pressure after losing on match-day one."

Chelsea's Samuel Eto'o scored his first goal since joining the London club in Saturday's 4-1 win over Cardiff. "It's always difficult when you change clubs but to change countries and leagues as well increases that," assistant manager Steve Holland said.

"He's scored goals at the top level throughout Europe all through his career but I'm sure he'll still be feeling happier to have that first one under his belt and be off the mark."

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