United States midfielder Weston McKennie suffered a ruptured ankle ligament in the friendly win over Ecuador, his club Schalke have confirmed.

McKennie was stretchered off in the second half of Thursday's 1-0 win in Orlando, although he remained with the USA squad as they travelled to Houston to face Chile.

However, Schalke announced on Monday that the 20-year-old was travelling back to Gelsenkirchen to begin rehabilitation after the extent of his injury was confirmed.

McKennie has made 19 Bundesliga appearances this season, playing a further six matches in the Champions League.

Gregg Berhalter's USA will also be without Tyler Adams against Chile as the RB Leipzig midfielder returned to his club following the Ecuador match.

Goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez also went back to FC Dallas.

A healthy Huub Stevens has called on everyone at Schalke to unite together and turn around the team's fortunes following Domenico Tedesco's departure.

Veteran coach Stevens, who stepped down from his last job at Hoffenheim due to a heart condition, has returned for a third spell in charge of struggling Schalke.

The 65-year-old won the UEFA Cup and DFB-Pokal in his first stint but is now charged with steering the club away from the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Tedesco oversaw a second-placed finish in the league last season but has struggled to replicate the same success in 2018-19, with Tuesday's 7-0 Champions League loss at Manchester City proving to be his final game in charge.

"First of all, I want to thank Domenico Tedesco for his honest and hard work here at Schalke," Stevens told the media.

"I talked personally with him after the meeting for a while I can tell you that we will stay friends.

"Everybody deserves a second chance. We will talk to the players before the RB Leipzig game [on Saturday] and then make our decisions. It's nice to be able to surprise people.

"I want everyone to show some passion and to all work together. We need to be a family."

Stevens confirmed he would not have accepted the opportunity to coach again if there were any concerns over his health.

"If my health were an issue, I wouldn't be sitting here," he added.

"That still is most important to me. But I feel good at the moment and I hope that still will be the case in three months."

Schalke have not recorded a Bundesliga victory since January 20 but head of sports Jochen Schneider admitted it was still a tough decision to part ways with Tedesco.

"We thought a lot about this whole process and carefully considered our decision," Schneider said.

"Ultimately we decided that we couldn't turn things around with our current set-up. That's why we let Domenico go."

Domenico Tedesco has been sacked as Schalke head coach, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

Tedesco led Schalke to an impressive second position behind champions Bayern Munich but events have unravelled somewhat this time around.

The loss of star man Leon Goretzka to Bayern took a toll and Schalke lie 14th in the table, four points above third-bottom Stuttgart.

Progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League ultimately proved a dubious blessing and Tuesday night's 7-0 thrashing at Manchester City sealed a 10-2 aggregate defeat in the last-16 – the second largest loss in the history of the competition – and Tedesco's fate.

Veteran coach Huub Stevens will begin a third spell in charge of Schalke alongside Mike Buskens on an interim basis when they host RB Leipzig on Saturday.

They take charge of a team that is without a win in seven Bundesliga games and that has conceded 21 goals during five consecutive defeats across all competitions.

"This decision was anything but easy, as we really appreciate Domenico Tedesco at Schalke," said sporting director Jochen Schneider, who was appointed by the club at the end of last month following a spell with RB Leipzig.

"However, we can't fail to recognise that the development this season has been negative.

"When I took the job, I demanded a turnaround due to the current situation in the Bundesliga.

"After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that this wouldn't be possible with the current staff."

Pep Guardiola insists there is no chance of Manchester City youngster Phil Foden being sent out on loan to gain more first-team experience.

Foden produced an eye-catching cameo in City's 7-0 Champions League demolition of Schalke on Tuesday, scoring his first goal in Europe's premier club competition in the process.

The 18-year-old midfielder has six in all competitions this season but is yet to start a Premier League game amid a squad stacked with talent in the creative midfield positions.

Nevertheless, Guardiola is unequivocal in his view that the England Under-21 international is in the best place for his development.

"The people say he doesn't play too much. He is 18 years old and he has played a lot of minutes," he said.

"The people say he should be on loan; Phil Foden will not be on loan. All the time he is here he will be close to me because he is an incredibly talented player.

"He is with us. Congratulations [to him], because the minutes he played he did really well."

Working under Guardiola's watchful eye can sometimes be a thankless task, as City wingers Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling can ascertain.

Sane's blistering first-leg free-kick against his former club Schalke, with City 2-1 down and depleted by Nicolas Otamendi's red card, proved to be a pivotal moment in the tie.

The Germany winger clinically dispatched the third goal in the return rout before crossing for Sterling to brilliantly score his 19th of the season on the half-volley after half-time.

Guardiola felt his wingers could have shown more aggression during the opening-half exchanges – a period of relative calm before the storm that would engulf Schalke.

Asked whether this was Sane's best performance for some time, Guardiola replied: "After the first goal, yes; before no.

"He was not aggressive enough in the first 20 minutes. I like when he runs and is aggressive and goes. Even if he loses the ball.

"The same with Raheem. The first half in the last game [against Watford] was not good. The second, with the hat-trick, was much better.

"But they are young. These ups and downs can happen. I know Leroy in the last games did not play too much and the confidence can be not good. But after 20 minutes he was outstanding.

"We know the incredible qualities he has. It is difficult to find that around the world."

These are the sorts of problems brow-beaten Schalke boss Domenico Tedesco looked like he would welcome with open arms.

"Of course, it hurts when you lose 5-, 6- or 7-0 to stand there but that is why I'm here. It really hurt," he said.

"I have to say, I don't feel let down. At 2-0, it was two goals that happened quickly, otherwise it is clear they didn't stop playing. City did everything you need to win the game by that level."

Schalke lost each of their three Bundesliga games in between the two legs against City, conceding 11 goals in the process.

With a relegation battle looming, Tedesco insisted worrying about his own future would be a waste of energy.

"I haven't thought about that for a second and I don't imagine changing anything on my part. Even now I am proud to be coach of Schalke 04," he added.

"I am happy to be here in this difficult situation. I've not thought about my position. That's the last thing that I think about."

Pep Guardiola does not want to see English domination of the Champions League quarter-final places continue with Liverpool beating Bayern Munich.

City dispatched Bundesliga opposition in resounding fashion on Tuesday, Sergio Aguero's brace setting in motion a 7-0 demolition of Schalke – the 10-2 overall scoreline standing as the second biggest aggregate margin in the competition's history.

The Premier League champions join Tottenham and Manchester United as three of the six confirmed quarter-finalists, with Liverpool locked at 0-0 with Bayern heading into their Wednesday encounter at the Allianz Arena.

But the nip-and-tuck title race being fought domestically with Jurgen Klopp's men has not engendered a level of solidary that will allow Guardiola to cast aside his three Bundesliga-winning seasons in charge of Bayern.

"I am sorry for the English people, I want Bayern to go through," City manager Guardiola told a post-match news conference.

"I am part of this club, I had an incredible three years. I love Munich and have a lot of friends there.

"It is a demanding game for both but I feel I like Bayern Munich and hopefully they can go through.

"In terms of what happened with Spanish teams and German teams, arriving many times in the finals, this season it is a surprise.

"Hopefully Barcelona tomorrow can go through [against Lyon] and reach the quarter-finals. For English football it is nice that there are three teams in the quarter finals and Liverpool maybe."

Runners-up last term, Schalke are languishing four points above the Bundesliga relegation zone this time around and Domenico Tedesco saw his side's lack of form and confidence brutally exposed.

Nevertheless, it was a statement win for City in a tournament where they have often flattered to deceive.

"As a club we are a teenager [in the Champions League] because the best success in our history is one semi-final," Guardiola said, returning to a pre-match analogy.

"When you compare to Liverpool, Barcelona and Bayern Munich… our best success is one semi-final.

"But the teenagers have passion, they have desire, they are not scared and have good things."

But Guardiola, as he reflected upon Juventus' astonishing Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired comeback to unseat Atletico Madrid in Turin, knows tougher challenges away for a team still in contention for an unprecedented quadruple.

"Thank you so much for your confidence in me. I won two [Champions Leagues] but I lost seven. I'm not Real Madrid," he added.

"Madrid are out but, still, look at Juventus. This guy, Cristiano Ronaldo… he goes there to win the Champions League

"Two times they have lost [in the final recently], they get Cristiano to go there.

"They have all the pressure on his shoulders and he scores three goals against Atletico Madrid. That is the type of teams we have to face."

Pep Guardiola praised the competition in Manchester City's squad after Leroy Sane stepped into the starting XI and tore through Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Germany international Sane starred in a 7-0 thrashing of his former club as City cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals thanks to a 10-2 aggregate triumph in a one-sided last-16 tie.

The 23-year-old scored one and set up three others to justify his selection ahead of Riyad Mahrez, one of three changes made following the weekend Premier League defeat of Watford.

Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Nicolas Otamendi and Vincent Kompany all missed the match but their absences proved no impediment for the Premier League leaders, who condemned Schalke to the heaviest Champions League loss suffered by a German side.

"They know they have to compete with each other," City manager Guardiola told BT Sport.

"Everybody wants to play and everybody has to play at a good level. Today everybody tried to play, to be involved and keep going.

"In the last game Riyad [Mahrez] was one of the best players and today Leroy played at a good level.

"We are happy to achieve the quarter-finals. Hopefully we can achieve one step forward."

City have won 10 straight matches in all competitions since the start of February and remain in the hunt for four major trophies.

However, Guardiola warned it is imperative that the squad's sidelined stars make quick recoveries in order to maintain an imperious run of form.

"At the moment we have a lot of injured players," he said. "We want to continue this run, especially in April, but we need players to come back fit or it won't be possible."

Manchester City cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals as Sergio Aguero's brace sparked a 7-0 home thumping of Schalke and a crushing 10-2 aggregate victory.

Pep Guardiola's men sat firmly in the driving seat after a come-from-behind 3-2 success in Gelsenkirchen last month and they were never in danger of letting the lead slip against a passive opponent in this last-16 tie.

Aguero struck twice and Leroy Sane once in the space of seven first-half minutes before Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus humiliated the visitors after half-time.

Schalke, who are in danger of Bundesliga relegation, seemed resigned to their fate from the outset as they sat deep and invited a second-leg defeat that casts a doubt over Domenico Tedesco's future.

Manchester City cruised into the Champions League quarter-finals as Sergio Aguero's brace sparked a 7-0 home thumping of Schalke and crushing 10-2 aggregate victory.

Pep Guardiola's men sat firmly in the driving seat after a come-from-behind 3-2 success in Gelsenkirchen last month and they were never in danger of letting the lead slip against a passive opponent.

Aguero struck twice and Leroy Sane once in the space of seven first-half minutes before Raheem Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus humiliated the visitors after half-time.

Schalke, who are in danger of Bundesliga relegation, seemed resigned to their fate from the outset as they sat deep and invited a second-leg defeat that casts a doubt over Domenico Tedesco's future.

Juventus and Schalke will be hoping to take inspiration from Manchester United and Ajax in Tuesday's Champions League last-16 seconds legs.

The Serie A leaders trail Atletico Madrid 2-0 after the first leg and are in need of a stirring performance in Turin if they are to make it to the quarter-finals.

Schalke, too, are up against it, having lost 3-2 at home to Manchester City last time out, despite having a 2-1 lead and a man advantage with five minutes of normal time left.

However, with United and Ajax having produced spectacular comebacks last week, there is every chance we could see more drama.

Here are the key Opta numbers ahead of Tuesday's encounters...

Atletico Madrid v Juventus

0 - Atletico Madrid are the opponent Juventus have faced the most times in the Champions League without ever beating (D1 L2) or scoring against (31 shots, 0 goals).

7 - Atletico are unbeaten in the Champions League against Italian opposition under Diego Simeone (W5 D2). In those seven games, they have only conceded one goal, by Kaka in a 4-1 win against AC Milan in March 2014.

8 - Simeone's side have had just eight shots on target and scored two goals in away Champions League games this season; of teams left in the competition, only Liverpool have managed fewer (5 shots on target, 1 goal).

22 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 22 goals in 32 career appearances against Atletico; only against Sevilla (27) and Getafe (23) has he scored more.

45 - Ronaldo has scored only one goal in his six Champions League games this season, his lowest tally in a single campaign since 2005-06 (0 goals). In fact, only one of his last 45 shots in the competition has found the back of the net.

 

Manchester City v Schalke

27 - Of the previous 27 occasions of a side scoring three or more goals away from home in the first leg of a Champions League knockout tie, all have gone on to progress, including six after winning 3-2.

3 - Manchester City have won each of their last three meetings with Schalke in European competition, including a 5-1 win in the 1969-70 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final in their only previous home match against the German club.

1 - Schalke have only won one of their last nine Champions League matches in the knockout stages (D1 L7), although this was their last such away match at Real Madrid in the 2014-15 competition (4-3).

2 - Leroy Sane has scored three goals in Manchester City's last two Champions League games, as many as he had scored in his first 17 appearances in the competition for City and former side Schalke combined beforehand.

4 - Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has scored in each of his last three Champions League games (three goals) and is looking to score in four in a row in the competition for the first time.

Ilkay Gundogan has suggested he could seek a new challenge away from Manchester City, although he insists he is happy playing for the club.

The Germany international's contract expires at the end of the season and he has yet to agree to an extension.

Manager Pep Guardiola stated at the weekend that he wants Gundogan to stay, but only if the player himself feels truly committed to the team.

Gundogan says talks are ongoing, but he is refusing to offer any guarantees over his future.

"There is no decision yet, otherwise I would have signed. I'd say we are still in talks but I don't feel much pressure," he told a news conference ahead of Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg against Schalke.

"This is something everyone has to decided for themselves. I am 28 years old - my next contract will maybe decide where I will be until the end of my career.

"Everyone feels different, maybe someone feels like a new challenge or to change something. I am always open-minded for challenges. It's a personal situation. It's not obvious, but everyone has to make their own decision.

"At the moment I try to play as good as possible and I guess after the season we will sit and talk again. My main target at the moment is to go for all the competitions and be successful. 

"In the last few years especially, after coming here with a big injury, I have proved that I can play in England for more than two or three years. That shouldn't be an issue at all."

Gundogan is expected to be involved on Tuesday, when City will look to reach the Champions League quarter-finals at the expense of Schalke.

Guardiola's side remain course for an unprecedented quadruple this season and are expected to overcome a team who are 14th in the Bundesliga, especially as they won the first leg in Germany 3-2.

Gundogan thinks City have improved upon last term's form, but he is wary of taking Schalke lightly.

"In terms of numbers I think we have already proven we are better than last season, but nothing is won yet," he said. "Now there are just two and a half months to go - that is not long until the season ends. The upcoming weeks will be crucial.

"I think we saw in the first leg, because Schalke don't have anything to lose, they can be very dangerous. It's also down to them that they got into the game and a warning for tomorrow's game.

"We'll try to play our game as we have done in recent weeks and then push our game through and don't give Schalke any chances but they are in this part of the competition. Hopefully, we'll be on our game and play with our style and then I do believe we can win the game."

An unnamed man has been arrested in connection with the alleged assault that left a Manchester City fan in critical condition following their Champions League match against Schalke.

City appealed for information after the incident at Veltins Arena on February 20, with some members of club staff remaining in Germany to support the fan's family.

Polizei Gelsenkirchen said the supporter had suffered a "massive traumatic brain injury" as they launched an investigation.

And police in Germany have now made an arrest relating to the incident.

A 30-year-old man from the city was arrested on Monday morning in the Buer district and is now being held.

Polizei Gelsenkirchen's statement read: "The police arranged a homicide division to help investigate the case. Their extensive investigations directed to the contemporary identification of a suspect.

"The 30-year old man from Gelsenkirchen is a member of the so-called 'Hugos', a problematic grouping of fans."

City won the last-16 first leg 3-2 after late goals from former Schalke winger Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling.

 

Christian Heidel has announced he is stepping down from his role as Schalke's sporting director.

Heidel's contract was set to expire in 2020 but he will instead leave the Bundesliga club at the end of the season at the latest.

Schalke qualified for the Champions League last term, with Domenico Tedesco's side reaching the last 16 but losing the first leg 3-2 at home to Manchester City.

But results in the Bundesliga have been poor with the club 14th in the table after Saturday's 3-0 loss at Heidel's former club Mainz.

Heidel has been linked with a return to Mainz but said he will stay at Schalke until they are ready to appoint a successor.

"In the past three years, we have enjoyed success in achieving second place in the Bundesliga, reaching at least the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal and Europa League, as well as the last 16 of the Champions League," he said in a statement.

"In the Bundesliga this season, we are falling short of our expectations for a number of reasons. Even though a few things haven't gone our way this season, I certainly hold the responsibility.

"Additionally, the work I do with my colleagues with the executive and supervisory boards is based on nothing but mutual trust. With clear heads, we've been able to develop together in many areas, but this clarity can no longer be guaranteed, which first and foremost relates to discussions about my role.

"In my life, I've always been resolute. Therefore, I informed Clemens Tonnies, chairman of the supervisory board, of my decision last Monday. I hope that everyone in the club can now focus fully on the future."

Tonnies said he regrets Heidel opting to leave but indicated Schalke's search for a replacement will not be rushed.

"I am sorry that Christian Heidel has had to make this decision, one which he has certainly not taken lightly," he added. "We will continue to work together with full confidence and responsibility, of course. 

"His decision has shocked us. We will carry out and present the succession process in due course. This will be done quickly, but it shall not be a rash decision. We thank Christian Heidel for the work he has done for Schalke."

UEFA says a "technical issue" was behind the delays in implementing the VAR process during Wednesday's Champions League clash between Schalke and Manchester City.

Despite leading through Sergio Aguero's 18th-minute effort, City - who went on to win 3-2 - were behind at the break after Nabil Bentaleb scored a pair of spot-kicks.

The first of those was awarded by referee Carlos del Cerro Grande after a lengthy period of deliberation and confusion, with Nicolas Otamendi ultimately penalised for handball.

It took almost three minutes for that call to be made, and another two before Bentaleb sent Ederson the wrong way from 12 yards.

Five minutes later, Schalke had another penalty decision awarded following a VAR review, as Fernandinho bundled into Salif Sane at a free-kick.

UEFA released a statement on Thursday explaining that a problem with the pitchside monitor meant the officials had to use a backup process.

"When such a malfunction of the system occurs, the IFAB protocol allows for the VAR to describe to the referee what can be seen on the TV replay(s) but not tell him the decision that should be taken," read the statement. "The referee then makes a final decision based on his own perception and the information received orally from the VAR.

"In regards to the first decision, the inability to access the incident replays at the pitchside review area led to a delay in reaching the correct decision to award a penalty kick for a handball offence, while the VAR orally described the situation to the referee to allow him to make a final decision, and for the referee to then provide an explanation to the two team captains to clarify the circumstances regarding the pitchside review area and the decision-making process

"The second decision was also correctly made on the basis of the Laws of the Game (Law 11 – Offside) which stipulates: 'if a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball, or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence'."

UEFA chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti commented: "I am pleased that even without the possibility for the referee to review the incidents with his own eyes, the excellent cooperation of the team of officials led to correct decisions being made.

"It must also be underlined that - and as is described in the VAR protocol - accuracy is always in principle more important than speed when reaching a decision.

"Clearly, last night’s technical issues had a big impact on the time taken to reach decisions, but we are fully aware that reducing the time factor is key to the success of VAR and we are doing our utmost to make reviews as quick and efficient as possible.

"However, what we ultimately want is correct decisions in such match-changing situations and this is what we got yesterday."

The Manchester City fan who sustained a "massive traumatic brain injury" following an incident inside Schalke's stadium is fighting for his life, police have said.

Polizei Gelsenkirchen issued a statement calling for witnesses in relation to an alleged assault that took place during Wednesday's Champions League match at the Veltins-Arena.

The injured fan was taken to hospital in a critical condition and members of City staff have remained in Gelsenkirchen to support the victim's family.

The man was said to have been knocked to the ground in a "violent clash" with two Schalke supporters at 10:50pm local time, during the closing stages of the Premier League side's 3-2 victory.

"In the scuffling, a 32-year-old Englishman was hit by a blow that caused him to fall to the ground," the statement read.

"In this fall, he suffered a massive traumatic brain injury.

"An emergency ambulance took him to the local emergency medical centre for treatment at a local hospital. There is currently acute danger to life.

"The police has set up a murder commission to investigate the incident and looks, in connection with this, for witnesses who can provide information on the facts and/or the perpetrators."

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "We are aware of an assault that occurred following the Schalke v MCFC fixture.

"We are working alongside the football clubs and German authorities to support their investigation and the man's family.

"We would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101 or via live chat so we can share intelligence with our colleagues in Germany."

Manchester City have confirmed a supporter is in a critical condition in hospital after an alleged assault following their Champions League match away to Schalke.

Members of club staff have not travelled back to Manchester after Wednesday's last-16 first leg in order to support the fan's family.

City asked for anyone who has information about the incident to get in touch with police.

"Manchester City are aware of an alleged assault after the match at the Veltins-Arena in Germany last night," said a club statement.

"The club are working with Greater Manchester Police and German Police to ascertain more information.

"Club staff have remained in Germany to support the family of an injured City fan who is currently in a critical condition in hospital."

Pep Guardiola's team won the match 3-2 thanks to strikes from Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling - the latter two goals coming after Nicolas Otamendi received a second-half red card.

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