Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt was delighted to have avoided Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final draw, even if his side were matched with defending champions Inter Milan.
Schalke travel to the San Siro for the first leg, with the return fixture in the Arena AufSchalke a week later and Heldt is looking forward to both games. Having suffered against the might of Barcelona previously in his career, Heldt's primary hope was to avoid the Catalans.
"The worst moment is when Barcelona's name came out and we were still in the draw," Heldt told Schalke's official website. "I have played against Barcelona twice with Stuttgart and I don't have very fond memories of them.
"Inter is a very, very strong opponent. You could see that in the last round when they beat Bayern Munich. Inter were practically out of the competition, but they still managed to turn the tie around. We are looking forward to the challenge. The good thing is we start off at 0-0 and I am really looking forward to the two games."
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes that the Royal Blues have every chance of setting up a semi-final clash with either Chelsea or Manchester United. "Maybe it is a good omen that Schalke won at the San Siro in (the UEFA Cup final in) 1997," he said. "It could also be an advantage to us playing away from home first.
"However, their previous round has got to be a warning to us because they lost at home to Bayern, but still went through with a 3-2 win in Munich. Drawing the defending champions is a fantastic draw."