Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during their Spanish first division soccer match against Deportivo Coruna at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, February 14, 2015. REUTERS/Susana Vera
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Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale taught Schalke a lesson when Real Madrid visited Schalke at the same stage in the Champions League last season.Real Madrid went on to win its 10th title and is seeking to become the first team to retain the Champions League trophy.LESSON LEARNED?Schalke is not the same team one year later, starting with coach Roberto Di Matteo. The Italian replaced Jens Keller in October and has shored up the team's defense.The Dutchman is available for the Champions League and will return against Madrid. He scored Schalke's only goal at home against the Spanish team last season and it was a spectacular volley.Ronaldo only has four goals in his last 10 matches, while the Ballon d'Or winner scored 17 in his first 11 league matches.The two were helpless to stop Atletico Madrid from dealing Real Madrid its worst loss since 2010 in a 4-0 thrashing two weeks ago.
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