Schalke seek honourable European exit at Real
Schalke 04 boss Clemens Toennies says the Royal Blues are relishing Tuesday's return leg at Real Madrid in the Champions League despite facing a near-impossible 6-1 deficit.
Real ran riot at Schalke's Veltins Arena three weeks ago in the last 16, first-leg clash.
Madrid's superstars Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema each scored two goals as Schalke suffered their heaviest European defeat.
The Germans now have the unenviable task of facing the Spanish league leaders in Madrid, but Toennies, chairman of the club's advisory board, sees the return leg as a chance to bow out of Europe with their heads held high.
"I'm looking forward to the game, it is always awesome to be able to play against Real," he enthused.
"I don't believe in some big miracle, but we want to bow out of the competition in a sensible fashion and put in a decent performance.
"It's a question of honour.
"Real caught us on the back foot in the first leg and we shouldn't face them again with so much fear.
"I don't think we've damaged our image, they have a budget of 300 million euros (US$417m) each year for their squad, so they are a long way ahead of us.
"We have the ambition to be at the top in Europe, but one can see that we still have a long way to go."
Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who scored both goals in Schalke's 2-1 win at Augsburg on Friday to go third in the Bundesliga, said he is looking forward to facing Ronaldo's Real.
"To play against Real is world-class, it's something every footballer should enjoy," said 'the Hunter' who has scored six goals in his last four games.