It looks quite uneven, but Schalke are capable of playing great football on their good days. But Real will start as favourites, of course. If you don’t want to win a lot of money, bet on Real because everybody will see them as favourites.
I think Real are getting progressively stronger; I thought they were a bit disjointed at first, meaning that they were a bit divided in the way they were playing. And now I think that Carlo Ancelotti has managed to give balance to the team.
They have seemed quite strong for the past couple of months. They found steadiness in their performances and their results. And they still have amazing players.
When your team loses the ball, and it goes to Gareth Bale or Cristiano Ronaldo, you have to count right away how many players you have in defence, because it will hurt a lot otherwise. They are really good on counter attacks.
Ronaldo has finally won his Ballon d’Or, and it will make him more reassured. But more reassured doesn’t necessary mean much more efficient. It could also make him rest on his laurels.
But I don’t think it will, because he is a natural competitive athlete. With or without a Ballon d’Or, trust me, he remains dangerous.