Having managed 20 goals in the group stage, Real Madrid will now be looking to improve on their record in Germany. Real Madrid have played 52 Champions League games against ten different German opponents but the 1st leg Round of 16 tie will be their first ever meeting with FC Schalke 04.
The game is scheduled for an 8.45 pm CET (1.15 am IST Thursday morning) kickoff. Catch the live streaming here.
Cristiano Ronaldo who scored a record nine goals in the group stage will be playing after spending three matches on the sideline through suspension. No Spanish team ever scored more than one goal against Schalke in the Champions League (8 games). The Portuguese will surely have something to say about that.
1- Schalke have reached the Round of 16 of the Champions League for the third time in the last four seasons.
2- Schalke have lost three of their four home Champions League games against Spanish opposition, all by a 0-1 scoreline.
3- All six of Schalke’s goals in the Champions League this season have been scored in the second-half. However, they Ruhr side have failed to score in three of their last four Champions League games.
4- Julian Draxler has netted three goals in five Champions League starts this season. He’s been directly involved in four of Schalke’s six goals (3 goals, 1 assist).
REAL MADRID STATS
1- This is the 17th consecutive season in which Real Madrid have reached the knockout round of the Champions League, the longest run in the history of the competition.
2- Carlo Ancelotti’s men are the top scorers of the Champions League this season with 20 goals.
3- Madrid have won just once in 25 previous visits to German opposition, losing 18 times. The most recent of those was a 4-1 loss at Borussia Dortmund in last season’s semi-final first leg.
4- The Spanish giants have been knocked out in each of their last three Champions League knockout ties with German clubs.
5- Real Madrid have lost their last six away games in the Champions League against German clubs.
6- Madrid are one of only three teams still unbeaten in the Champions League this season alongside Atletico Madrid.
7- Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 31 Champions League games, the longest run in the history of the competition. The last time they failed to find the net was against Barcelona on 27 April 2011 (0-2).
8- Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 30 goals in his last 24 Champions League games. The former Manchester United player has netted nine this season, the highest tally.
9- Angel Di Maria is the top assist provider in the Champions League this season (5).
Can Real Madrid battle a demon that continues to nip away at their own success when they step foot into German territory? Cristiano’s blistering form in the Champions League could bring a change in Madrid’s fortunes.