Keller: Real Madrid are second-best behind Bayern Munich

The Schalke boss hopes for a minor miracle as his side take on Carlo Ancelotti's men but believes that they can take advantage of Los Blancos' wretched run in Germany
Schalke boss Jens Keller hopes for a "minor miracle" against Real Madrid, whom he believes are second only to Bayern Munich as the world's best team.

Keller's side face Los Blancos in the last 16 of the Champions League and will be hoping to take advantage of the Spanish giants' woeful record in Germany, where they have only won once in their last 25 attempts.

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The Gelsenkirchen club welcome Carlo Ancelotti's men to the Veltins Arena on Wednesday and the coach says that they will have to be at their very best to take anything from the game.

"Behind Bayern Munich, Real Madrid is maybe the second-best team in the world at this moment," Keller told reporters.

"They have extraordinary players in each position and that is why it will not be an easy game for us.

"We'll have to be compact at the back to achieve what might be a minor miracle of getting a result.

"But we are the home team and want to play in a brave way without hiding from Real. To be successful everybody has to play at 100 per cent. Then it might be possible to achieve a little wonder."