Schalke starlet Julian Draxler is aware his team faces an almost impossible challenge to overturn a 6-1 deficit in its Champions League round of 16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
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 and says that he and his team-mates are desperate to give a good account of themselves, even though their dismal showing in Gelsenkirchen has left them with too much to do.
"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, which is second, in order to guarantee Champions League football next season.
"Victory over Augsburg [at the weekend] was almost perfect," Draxler said. "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."
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