Schalke midfielder welcomes Champions League challenge

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Daniel Caligiuri is looking forward to competing in the Champions League with Schalke next season.

Caligiuri starred for the Royal Blues last term in his first full campaign with the club, having arrived from Wolfsburg in January 2017, as Schalke finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for Europe’s top club competition.

‘No one expected us to do as well as we did,’ the midfielder told the club’s official website. ‘When you get to the off-season you obviously have a bit of time to think about what challenges are to come – especially the Champions League.

‘We have a lot of hard work left to do. As they say: it’s easy to get to the top, but it’s hard to stay there. And we want to prove that we can do exactly that.’

Schalke open the new Bundesliga campaign with a trip to Caligiuri’s former club Wolfsburg on August 25.