Gelsenkirchen - He put on a brave face, but even steely midfielder failed to hide his disappointment after FC Schalke 04's 6-1 first-leg defeat at home to Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League round of 16.

The Ghanaian international made no excuses for his side's display, but firmly believes the Royal Blues have enough about them to make amends against Bundesliga leaders FC Bayern München this coming weekend...

Question: Kevin-Prince Boateng, how do you deal with these kind of games and results?

Kevin-Prince Boateng: We have to put it to bed fast, it's as simple as that. We came up against a superior team and discovered what our limitations are. We have to accept that and get on with it.

Question: How badly do you think it will affect the team?

Boateng: I don't think it'll affect us all that much. We spoke to each other in the dressing room immediately after the game. We have to show respect and acknowledge that we came up against a much better team.

Question: When did you realise that Schalke were effectively out of the game?

Boateng: We definitely had a plan for the game, and actually for the first 20 minutes we held our own. We also had two good chances to score, but if you don't take them against a team like Madrid, they'll punish you. That was the difference.

Question: Being so comprehensively beaten, is it still possible to enjoy a game that you looked forward to so much?

Boateng Of course! When you hear the fans singing thoroughout, regardless of the scoreline, then you can still enjoy it. It's a proud feeling to have them behind you despite everything else. We also have to apologise to the fans, though. Losing 6-1 was extreme.

Question Do Schalke have to apologise just for the result or for the performance as well?

Boateng: We've got so many young and also inexperienced players, who have never had to play at this kind of level in the Champions League, so you can't blame the team. Everyone tried, even though it wasn't happening for us. You have to acknowledge that. The show must go on.

Question: You left the action after 59 minutes with an injury. What was wrong?

Boateng: I had to be substituted because I felt a sudden twinge in my thigh after taking a shot, but I'm confident that I'll be able to play against Bayern on Saturday.

Question: You mentioned it yourself: Bayern are next up after Real. How will you approach the game?

Boateng: We already know how strong Bayern are, it's no secret, but we'll put in the groundwork and adapt for it. We'll analyse our mistakes from the Real game and try to do a better job on Saturday. Staying compact and making the most of our chances are good places to start.

Dietmar Nolte reporting from Gelsenkirchen

Kevin-Prince Boateng has been a massive success since moving to Schalke and proved that beyond any doubt back on Matchday 19. Check out the Ghanaian's star qualities for yourself courtesy of the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: