Huntelaar calls for Schalke improvement

Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar believed his side failed to play to their best in Thursday's 4-2 Europa League loss to Athletic Bilbao.

Huntelaar looking to lift one over Iraizoz.

The defeat at the Veltins-Arena leaves Schalke with a mountain to climb in next week's return leg, and Huntelaar believes the Bundesliga outfit need to improve if they are to make it to the semi-finals of the competition.

"We didn't play well over the full 90 minutes," Huntelaar told Sat1. "We didn't take our chances.

"We lacked determination. Then we fell apart a bit, and could no longer impose our game."

"We all need to do better, myself included."

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Huntelaar is also quietly hoping Bilbao might get complacent with their two-goal lead, allowing Schalke a chance to get back into the game.

"Perhaps they [Bilbao] think they are already through," Huntelaar added. "If we keep the pressure up, we can score a quick goal and then we'll see."

Schalke will be looking to bounce back on Sunday when they travel to play Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga.

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