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Real Madrid's Marcelo (2nd R) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against Levante during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid March 9, 2014.Reuters

Real Madrid take on Schalke in the second leg of the round of 16 tie in the Champions League with Germans faced with an impossible task of making it to the next round.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage is available on ITV and ITV HD.


Carlo Ancelotti's men hold a 6-1 lead over the German Champions from the last leg and are overwhelming favourites to increase the lead in the home leg. The Spanish club rode on the back of braces from Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema to ostensibly book their place in the final eight.

Real look to be on course to complete a treble this season to go with the Copa del Rey and the La Liga, with the world's richest club currently leading Barcelona by four points in the domestic league.

Real have scored 26 goals in the Champions League this season, more than any other club and have been unbeaten at home since the turn of the year while conceding only two goals.

Ancelotti is likely to rest a few players for this game faced with the El Classico next week but a win here will give them some much-needed confidence to increase the difference between themselves and the defending Champions.

Schalke have been in great form in recent weeks and notwithstanding the drubbing at home against Madrid, have closed the gap on the Champions League places for next season.

Klass-Jan Huntelaar has been a revelation off late, since returning from a knee injury, scoring eight goals in last nine games. However, his current form is unlikely to close the five goal deficit between themselves and the Spanish club, which would shatter the record books if it does come into fruition.

Julian Draxler
Draxler unhappy at Schalke as club seek out replacement. (Reuters)

What the Managers Say

Carlo Ancelotti: "We have to play a good game, it's an important game in the Champions League and we should maintain the good form of the team, because I think it's the best way to prepare. Having a good game will give us more confidence. We have to respect our work, the competition and the opposing team. Jesé will start. I can say that the three forwards will be Morata, Jesé and Cristiano. Jesé is quite lucky... I didn't give my first Champions League press conference until I was 30, he's here doing it at 21."

Jens Keller: "We have a young team, and this match can be a good experience process. We have to do better than in the home match. We must be more compact and not let the opponent grow. Fear is not an acceptable word in football. We are going to try to do our best. Maybe players with small problems or injuries will not play. I do not have many options, but we will try to play with our young players."

Betting Odds by 888Sport

  • Draw - Industry best 13/2
  • Schalke to win - Industry best 14/1

Form Guide

Real Madrid

  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): W W D W W
  • Last Result: Malaga 0-1 Real Madrid


  • Last Five(all competitions, most recent first): W W L L D
  • Last Result: Augsburg 1-2 Schalke