Cristiano Ronaldo ready to take out frustrations on Schalke 04
Star raring to return to action after domestic suspension, says Carlo Ancelotti
Ballon d’Or-winner Cristiano Ronaldo cannot wait to play for Real Madrid in Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg clash at Schalke 04, according to the Spanish giants’ boss Carlo Ancelotti.
The 29-year-old Ballon d’Or winner, who has scored 34 goals in 32 games for Real this season, has missed the last three Spanish league matches through suspension.
Ancelotti said the midfield star was “highly motivated” for the last 16 clash at the Veltins Arena having scored nine goals in five European games this season.
“He’s really wanted to play, he was not happy about not being able to do so,” said Ancelotti.
“He’s done very well in training.
“He is in optimal physical and mental shape.”
Unbeaten in their last 26 matches in all competitions, Real are eager to progress having reached the Champions League’s semi-finals for the last three seasons.
“I do not have to say much to motivate my players because they want to play a leading role in all competitions,” said the 54-year-old Italian, who won the European Cup twice as a player with AC Milan and its successor the Champions League a further two times as coach of Milan.
“The Champions League is the most prestigious, but also the most difficult competition.
“There is no doubt that we are in a very good shape and we want to continue our good run.”
Madrid have an awful record in Germany, prevailing just once in 24 previous away matches against Bundesliga opposition and losing 17 times.