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UEFA Champions League: Ancelotti Wary Of Schalke Threat

Real Madrid Coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that he expects UEFA Champions League opponents, Schalke to pose plenty of attacking threat on Wednesday. Real would … Continue reading UEFA Champions League: Ancelotti Wary Of Schalke Threat


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Real Madrid Coach, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that he expects UEFA Champions League opponents, Schalke to pose plenty of attacking threat on Wednesday.

Real would be looking to use the match which would be the first meeting between the sides, to improve on their miserable record of just one victory from 25 trips to face German opposition on home soil.

Schalke have since the Bundesliga’s winter break been in impressive form, taking 13 points from 15 available, and Ancelotti is cautious of the problems they could cause.

Former Real Madrid striker, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who spent half a season at the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009, was particularly singled out as a player his side would need to keep quiet.

“It will be a game with a lot of intensity because Schalke will give it their all,” said Ancelotti.

“Schalke have a lot of quality and are well organised. We have to do our best to win.

“They have young players – (Max) Meyer, (Julian) Draxler – with lot of quality and players with experience like Huntelaar and (Kevin-Prince) Boateng.

“They’re a solid team, not spectacular but well organised defensively and all working together. A team with quality.

“(The match) is not Ronaldo versus Huntelaar, it’s between two teams, but Huntelaar is dangerous.”

Ancelotti also insisted that Sunday’s La Liga clash with title contenders and city rivals Atletico Madrid would not act as a distraction.

“I’m here to do my best in all competitions but the Champions League is the most important and difficult,” he continued.

“All the remaining games are important and that’s why we prepare for each in the same way.

“Arriving to the semi-finals three times (in the last three years) is not easy. We are excited to improve on that.”

He also confirmed that Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo would start at the Veltins Arena.