Emilio Butragueño

Butragueño: "Schalke are competitive and we must be cautious"

NEWS | 15/12/2014

"We will draw on last year's great experience, when we decided the tie in the first leg", he said.
Emilio Butragueño, Real Madrid's director of Institutional Relations, analysed the Champions League round of 16 draw in Nyon, which saw the Whites being paired with Schalke 04: "Our view about the draw is an optimistic one. We have the great experience of last year, when we practically decided the tie in the first leg, but we know that football can be cruel and it will be harder this year. We have to be cautious.”

"They are very competitive and have a loyal fan base. We'll have to try for a similar result to last year's in order to kill things off in Madrid. There were tougher opponents theoretically, but 90 minutes in Germany will be difficult. A lapse of concentration can cost you dearly. As such, we have the upmost respect for the opposition, a club we have a strong relationship with."

Club World Cup
“Tomorrow we play an important match because we want to be in Saturday's final in order to close out a wonderful year. We want to end it with a title and then be able to focus on our packed January fixture list. This is not the time to talk about the transfer window, tomorrow we have a very important game.”