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The Blancos legend is in no doubt that Carlo Ancelotti's men are the superior side but he thinks they will be severely tested by the men from Gelsenkirchen

Raul has warned Real Madrid to take nothing for granted in their Champions League last-16 clash with Schalke, claiming that the Germans will "fight right to the end".

The legendary Spanish striker, who spent two seasons in Gelsenkirchen after a 16-year spell at the Santiago Bernabeu, feels that the Liga outfit are the clear favourites to progress to the last 16.

However, it feels it would be very foolish for Carlo Ancelotti and his men to underestimate the threat posed by Schalke, whom they will face at the Veltins-Arena next month.

"It's going to be a special play-off for me," Raul told Madrid's official website. "It's going to be great for Schalke 04 and I'm really happy that my [former] team-mates and the fans are going to experience this play-off.

"Real Madrid is better than Schalke 04, but you always have to be careful with German teams because they fight right to the end.

"They (Schalke) have a very good team as well."

The 36-year-old Raul, who is Madrid's all-time top scorer, is currently plying his trade in Qatar with Al Sadd. 

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