Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti`s decision to deploy defender Sergio Ramos in central midfield was the key to Wednesday`s 1-0 Champions League victory over Atletico Madrid, according to captain Iker Casillas.
Defender Alvaro Arbeloa has said "there is a chance that Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho" may return to manage former club Real Madrid in the future, although he highlighted that the Portuguese is happy in his current club where he is not "stalked" like he was in Spain.
Real Madrid will look to returnees Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos to give them a lift and clear the storm clouds hanging over them when they entertain Levante UD in a La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday.
Real Madrid may have made the last eight of the Champions League for a fifth consecutive season, but their Bernabeu faithful also reached the end of their patience after a humiliating 4-3 home defeat to Schalke on Tuesday.
Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti admitted he is at a loss to explain the European champions dramatic slump in form as they sneaked into the quarter-finals of the Champions League despite losing 4-3 to Schalke on Tuesday.
European champions Real Madrid will expect to take another step closer to becoming the first team in 25 years to retain the Champions League when they host Schalke on Tuesday holding a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their last 16 tie.
Real Madrid legend Iker Casillas will make his 150th European appearance for the club on Wednesday night. The defending European champions will travel to Germany for their UEFA Champions League round of 16 match against Schalke 04. He will equal Liverpool's Jamie Carragher as the latest player to reach the landmark.
Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.