La Decima fuelling Madrid, says Ancelotti

The Blancos coach is intent on making history in the Champions League this season but admits that Bayern Munich are favourites to win the competition and retain their crown
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says the prospect of winning a 10th European Cup is driving his players on.

The Liga leaders have one foot in the quarter-finals of the competition after thrashing Schalke 6-1 at the Veltins-Arena in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

While the Italian manager insists that Bayern Munich remain favourites for the Champions League, he says Madrid are united in their desire to make history.

"La Decima is a big motivation for all of us. We have nine [European Cups], we're all waiting for the tenth and we will do all we can to get it," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"Our rivals? All sides are dangerous. In the quarters onwards all teams are competitive, although Bayern are the favourites."

Los Blancos sit one point clear at the top of La Liga following a 2-2 draw with title rivals Atletico Madrid and Ancelotti believes the race for the Primera Division can go either way.

"It's uncertain, the distances are very small and it's all to play for. Our growth? We lost time trying to find our equilibrium, it was hard but now we're more solid and doing things better."