Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has backed his team to pass over the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League this term and believes Schalke can be a difficult opponent.
The former PSG boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that his team cannot afford to fail in the last 16 of the champions league , if they are to win La Decima this season . Real Madrid has shown great character in Europe this term , without losing any match out of their six group stage clashes and the Italian expects the same from his players in the upcoming fixtures.
“We are in last 16 of the Champions League and it is always difficult,” he told Madrid’s official website. “We must be very focused.
The former AC Milan boss also emphasized Madrid’s draw versus the Germans in the last 16 and insisted his players not to lose focus against the Gelsenkirchen outfit.
“They’re a team that has experience. It’s not good or bad luck that we drew them. We will do our best in both games. It is a very important competition and we have to be ready to make the most of our chances. In February we have to be ready. We need the desire and enthusiasm to make the quarterfinals. In the Champions League, every game matters, we have to stay focused and motivated. We cannot fail in any match in this competition.”
Real Madrid were knocked out of the semi-finals last season and will be looking for their 10th champions league crown this season to become the first team in European history to achieve such success.
Other top flights who qualified for the last 16 of this season champions league include Arsenal, Barcelona, Manchester City, PSG, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and AC Milan.