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Bale Targets Rare Win In Germany

Real Madrid’s record signing, Gareth Bale, is eyeing a rare win in Germany when the Los Blancos travel to Schalke in their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side have prevailed just once in 24 previous away matches against German opposition, losing 17 times, including a 4-1 drubbing at Borussia Dortmund in last season's semi-final first leg when Robert Lewandowski hit all four goals.

But the Welshman believes his side - having gone unbeaten in 26 games in all competitions - are ready to come back with a rare win from Germany.

"We know the Champions League is a big competition with all the best teams in it, so we know it is going to be difficult," said the 24-year-old winger.

“I think we are ready, we believe we can win every game so we'll go over there and hopefully come back with the win."

Bale scored a stunning long range goal against Elche on Saturday, which helped Real climbing to the summit of La Liga. The return of FIFA Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, will give the Spanish side another boost.

Schalke, meanwhile, have won only five of their last 11 home encounters against Spanish opponents, suffering four defeats.

They were denied a fifth straight Bundesliga win in 2014 when they were held to a goalless draw at home to Mainz on Friday.

Despite the dull draw, there were good news Schalke as their 20-year-old starlet, Julian Draxler, came off the bench to make his return after two months out with a foot injury.

"As a young boy you dream about facing teams like Real Madrid so we're all really up for it," said Draxler.

"I'm happy to be back out on the pitch, but I think I'm still some way off my best form.

"That was the first lengthy lay-off of my career, so I'm a bit impatient, but I know I need more time."

Schalke coach, Jens Keller has said his side will not be intimidated by a star-studded Real side.

"We want to pull off a small miracle.

“We're not just going out there to swap shirts with Real's stars," said Keller defiantly, referring to Bayer Leverkusen's drubbing by Real's Spanish rivals Barcelona at the same stage in the competition two years ago.

Will Real Madrid get the rare win in Germany? Have your say in the comment section below.

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