Gelsenkirchen – Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo Schalke 04 was determined not to repeat the bitter experience in the last 16 of the Champions League last season. Although, this season they confronted a similar opponent in the same round, Real Madrid.
Schalke reunited again with Madrid in the Champions League last 16. Duel first leg will be rolling in the Veltins-Arena, Gelsenkirchen on Thursday (02/19/2015).
Bad experience last season quite a lesson. At that time, The Royal Blues lost 1-6 at home. Negative results are also harvested in the second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, Schalke fell 1-3.
“All my players are ready to undergo final training session before the game,” said Di Matteo told Football Espana.
“We will play with a winning mentality. We have to win even though we face the giants. Madrid is favored to win in the two-leg. But we are a team of experienced and must show it on the field.
“We’ve watched the game Madrid in the last few games. It was so motivated us to perform all-out later. They still for very competitive team and we will try to exploit their imperfections,” explained the man who once worked with Chelsea.
Schalke advanced to the last 16 as group runners-up behind Chelsea. They scored nine goals and conceded 14 goals in six games that acted.