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Real Madrid will be hoping to bounce back from their recent La Liga defeat when they face Schalke in the Champions League on MondayReuters

Real Madrid play hosts to Schalke in the round of 16 of the Champions League as they look to finish the job at the Bernabeu after beating the Bundesliga side 0-2 in the first leg.

The European Champions have not been in the best of forms of late, having allowed Barcelona to displace them at the top of the La Liga, following a draw and a defeat against Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao respectively.

Real Madrid's attackers including Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been struggling of late, with the Spanish giants failing to score from open play in the last two fixtures.

Still Los Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti insists that he will not be changing the "identity" of his side, insisting that he has full "confidence" in his strikers.

"They have scored less in the last games but I think that we have to help the strikers," Ancelotti said, according to the BBC.

"We won't change our identity because that is how we feel most comfortable," the Italian added. "Without doubt I have confidence in them. There has been a general dip from the team, not just them."

World record signing Gareth Bale, who has failed to find the nets in the last eight fixtures, has especially come under heavy criticism, with 46 percent of the Real Madrid saying that they would drop him from the first team.

And Ancelotti says that the Welshman is aware with his poor form of late and is looking to "improve."

"I don't think Bale is happy with how he is playing but he understands that he has to improve."

Meanwhile, Schalke will also be looking to take advantage of Real Madrid dip in form and shock them in the second leg at Gelsenkirchen.

The Bundesliga have a tough task ahead of them as they have already been beaten 0-2 at Real Madrid in the first leg of the round of 16 on 18 February.

And Schalke manager Roberto di Matteo admits that his side will not find it easy against the Los Blancos in the second leg despite Ancelotti's men not being at their best of late.

"Real Madrid are a very strong side and it's very difficult to play at their level – we will try our best," said Di Matteo told UEFA's official website. "We need to be well organised. I hope the media are right and their forwards are having a tough time – but it's impossible to stop them altogether."

The former Chelsea boss, who admits that it will be a "sensational experience" if they manage to beat Real in the second leg, feels that his side may have a chance if they manage to score early.

"It would be a sensational experience for us to win. If we start scoring, it could get interesting," added the Italian. "We will try to start the match with a strong line-up of players who are in good shape."

Possible line-ups

Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Lucas Silva, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Schalke: Wellenreuther; Höwedes, Matip, Nastasić; Uchida, Fuchs; Neustädter, Barnetta, Meyer; Choupo-Moting, Huntelaar.

 Where to Watch Live

The game is scheduled for a 8:45pm GMT (1:15am IST, 2:45pm ET) start, with live coverage on Ten Action and Ten HD in India. The match can also be watched via live streaming online on Ten Sports Live.

Catch the action live in the UK live on ITV 1, while viewers can also watch the watch online via live streaming on Sky GO. US viewers can watch the game live on Fox Sports 1 or online on Fox Soccer 2GoAudience in Canada can see the tie via live stream on Sportsnet World.

Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can watch the match via live streaming online on beIN Sports Connect, while South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa viewers can do the same on SuperSport online.

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