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Ancelotti: Ronaldo Raring To Play

Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is raring to play again after his three-match La Liga ban.

Ronaldo was sent off in Real’s 1:1 draw against Athletic Bilbao earlier in February, but the Los Blancos have won all three games in the Portuguese’ absence. 

Ancelotti, however, confirmed Ronaldo will return to the starting XI in the Champions League tie with Schalke 04, and says his superstar is "highly motivated" for the last-16 clash at the Veltins Arena having scored nine goals in five European games this season.

"He's especially motivated because he wasn't happy about not being able to play,” said Ancelotti.

“But he has used this time to prepare, rest and has been working very hard.

“He is on top form both physically and mentally right now.”

Ronaldo has scored 34 goals in 32 games in all competitions this season and Real are now unbeaten in their last 26 games.

Ancelotti’s men produced the clubs third-best La Liga start in history and have moved to the summit of the league, following Barcelona’s and Atletico’s defeats on the weekend.

The Italian coach says he doesn’t need to motivate his players to keep on going and the whole team is eager to continue their good run against the German side.

"I do not have to say much to motivate my players because they want to play a leading role in all competitions," said Ancelotti, 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."

Real Madrid have only won one of their last 24 games when visiting German opposition and Cristiano Ronaldo will give the Los Blancos a major boost to add their second victory to their tally.

Can Spanish giants win in Germany tonight? Have your say in the comment section below.

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