Draxler: Schalke don’t have much chance against Real Madrid

The midfielder isn’t holding out much hope of making it to the next round and, while he is happy with his side’s third place position in the league, is hoping to finish second

Schalke starlet Julian Draxler has admitted that his team face an almost impossible challenge to overturn the 6-1 deficit in their Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid on Tuesday.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo all struck braces in Germany as Carlo Ancelotti's men ran riot at the Veltins-Arena.

But the Germany international, who has been linked with a move to the Liga leaders in the past, is excited about playing in the Spanish capital - despite the first leg humiliation - and believes that his side will give a good account of themselves at the Bernabeu.

"Playing at the Santiago Bernabeu is the place where all the players want to play," Draxler told AS.

"However, our situation is comical. We are realistic enough to assess that after the 6-1 defeat we don’t have much chance against Real Madrid, however we will make it a good match."

The 20-year-old is happy with his side’s current third place position in the Bundesliga, but he is hoping his team can surpass Borussia Dortmund, who are second, in order to guarantee Champions League football next season.

"Victory over Augsburg [at the weekend] was almost perfect," he enthused. "At this stage of the season we have confidence in ourselves, especially now that we have overtaken Leverkusen in the standings.

"Now we do not want to miss third place and, if possible, we want to get to second place. We should not make the mistake of watching what our opponents are doing."