Julian Draxler targets improvement

Julian Draxler insists that he and Schalke can both improve following his winner in last night's Champions League clash with Basel.

Schalke 04 playmaker Julian Draxler has insisted that he still has plenty of room for improvement, despite a match-winning performance against Basel in the Champions League last night.

Draxler settled a tight match in Switzerland with a goal from range, volleying home the decisive strike in a 1-0 win for Jens Keller's side.

The 20-year-old has now helped Schalke win both of their Champions League games to top Group E, but believes that with a double-header against Chelsea next up the Germans need to remain grounded.

He told the Bundesliga's official website: "The ball fell rather kindly for me. You probably hit three out of ten balls like that in training.

"This time it came off. Of course it was a bit lucky, but it's the small things that decide games in the Champions League. I can definitely do better.

"It's great to be top of the group with two wins and no goals against, but we shouldn't read too much into it. There's still a long way to go. In Chelsea, we've got to play possibly one of the strongest teams in the competition - twice."

Keller's men will now be hoping to replicate their European form in the Bundesliga, where they have won just two of their seven matches so far this season.

Schalke's Julian Draxler is congratulated by team mates after scoring his team's second goal against PAOK Thessaloniki during their Champions League play-off match on August 27, 2013
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