VfL Wolfsburg take their UEFA Champions League quarter-final bow against La Liga giants Real Madrid CF on Wednesday (kick-off 20:45CET/18:45GMT).

The Wolves have already made a piece of club history in getting this far, and know a positive result on home soil against the competition's record champions will be key to extending their stay at Europe's top table.

Recap: UCL quarter-final draw as it happened

Read: Wolfsburg 1-0 Gent (agg.4-2) - match report

What they are saying:

Dieter Hecking (Wolfsburg head coach): "Real Madrid are more than simply Cristiano Ronaldo. They have a wealth of talent in their ranks. We have got a huge chance to prove ourselves at a level few believed we were capable of reaching. Real Madrid are one of the top clubs in Europe, but I want to believe we can make our mark. It's great to have Naldo on his way back. He wants to play, but I can't confirm whether he will."

Vieirinha (Wolfsburg midfielder): "The pressure is on Real Madrid because they are the favourites. We want to show we can play well against a team like Madrid. We have a little bit of everything. We have some more balance than last year and also quality with the ball at our feet. Cristiano Ronaldo is an amazing person, nothing like what the press writes. It is hard to stop the best player in the world. With the help of my teammates that is what we are going to try to do."

Zinedine Zidane (Real Madrid head coach): "It will be a tough match but we are well prepared. We will approach it like a final. We cannot relax. The win against Barcelona is already forgotten. Wolfsburg have fought hard to be here and deserve to be here. They have many players who can cause us problems."

Match stats

  • Wolfsburg have won all four of their games at the Volkswagen Arena in this season's Champions League by an aggregate score of 7-2.
  • While the Wolves are contesting their first quarter-final in the competition, Madrid are through to the last eight for the sixth season in a row.
  • Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler was a member of the FC Schalke 04 side that lost 9-2 on aggregate to Real in the 2013/14 Round of 16.
  • Wolfsburg have won only one of their four previous games against Spanish opposition - beating Villarreal CF 4-1 in the home leg of their 2009/10 UEFA Europa League Round of 32 tie.
  • The Wolves have reached the quarter-finals of UEFA competition twice before, losing in the UEFA Europa League to Fulham FC (2009/10) and then SSC Napoli (2014/15).
  • Real midfielder Toni Kroos faced Wolfsburg 12 times during his time in the Bundesliga with FC Bayern München and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (W10, D1, L1).
  • Los Blancos are one of two teams still unbeaten in this season's competition along with domestic rivals FC Barcelona.
  • Real's away record against Bundesliga clubs in UEFA competition reads: W4, D6, L18.
  • The Spanish giants come into this one off the back of a six-match unbeaten run.

Possible line-ups

Wolfsburg: Benaglio - Träsch, Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez - Arnold, Gustavo - Vieirinha, Draxler, Schürrle - Kruse

Absentees: Jung (knee), Caligiuri (groin)

Head coach: Dieter Hecking

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas - Danilo, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo - Modric, Casemiro, Kroos - James Rodriguez, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo

Absentees: Varane (calf)

Head coach: Zinedine Zidane