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Carlo Ancelotti confirms Pepe will play against Schalke

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Carlo Ancelotti talked to the press before Wednesday's match against Schalke and said that he's looking forward to play the game.

We need to enjoy playing this game in order to play well and recover the intensity and the motivation. I'm confident because the team played well against Deportivo and I believe that we will improve from that tomorrow as well.

When asked about whether the team may not be as motivated in La Liga as in the Champions, Ancelotti shared his thoughts.

We are motivated in La Liga because we are top of the table, it's the same for this competition as we are the reigning champions. We will try our best to conquer this title again.

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn't brilliant against Deportivo but Ancelotti is confident about the Portuguese player turning things around.

His game against Deportivo was very good physically, he will have a good chance to score tomorrow.

Ancelotti, who wasn't in talkative mood, said that Kroos' best quality is the intelligence and feeling for the game.

It's true that Schalke have changed their system in comparison to last year, it's not the same to attack a three-man line. Our system will not change, we must have intensity to recover the ball well, but it's not necessary to change the formation.

Toni Kroos explained his feelings about the match as well.

It's a special feeling to come back to Germany as a Real Madrid player. I remember the games with FC Bayern here and we got good results, so I hope to get the same kind of success this time. It was just one very bad result against Atlético, but overall the team isn't playing that bad. We have three or four important injuries but we can replace them. Our goal is to go through and play in the next round. Personally, I feel well and ready.

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