Gareth Bale is refusing to accept Real Madrid already have their spot in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals secured following their 3-0 triumph over Borussia Dortmund. Bale's goal inside the opening three minutes at the Bernabeu set Los Merengues en route to a convincing triumph in their quarter-final, first leg, with Isco adding a second just before the half-hour and Cristiano Ronaldo wrapping up the scoring after the break.
Everything points to that being enough to send Real through to a fourth successive semi-final, with Dortmund never having won a Champions League match by more than a three-goal margin while Carlo Ancelotti's team are one of only two sides still unbeaten in this season's competition. The Madrid heavyweights are also the top scorers this term having netted 32 times - 14 of which have come from Ronaldo, equalling a tournament record. However, Bale is not getting ahead of himself.
"It was a great game, but there's still work to do and in football anything can happen," the Welshman told his club's official website. "We have to be professional and in Dortmund, we have to go out as if it were 0-0 and try to win again."
The world's most expensive player also insisted he was unaware he had been on the receiving end of jeers from some of the Real fans during Saturday's 5-0 home win over Rayo Vallecano, when star man Ronaldo also came under fire from the stands.
Bale said: "I don't know anything about the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu whistling. I'm only focused on playing and doing the best for the team."
Ancelotti targets unblemished finish
Real's back-to-back wins over Rayo and Dortmund came after they suffered two potentially costly league defeats to Barcelona and Sevilla in the space of four days last week. Those losses saw them knocked off top spot in La Liga, and they now need Atletico Madrid to slip up twice in the remaining seven games, as well as for Barcelona to drop points, if they are to lift the title.
Despite that though, Real are still firmly in the hunt for the treble this season, having also reached the Copa del Rey final, and coach Ancelotti is pleased with the way his side have responded to last week's setbacks.
"The reaction was good," said the Italian. "It's clear that we haven't forgotten [the mini-slump] completely because we've paid a heavy price and are no longer at the top of the league, but we have time. If we win every game we will win the Champions League and Copa del Rey, at least."
Like Bale, Ancelotti is also wary of the threat Dortmund still pose to his side's European hopes. The German outfit beat Real 4-1 at home in last season's semi-finals and the star of that game, four-goal striker Robert Lewandowski, will be available for the return leg after missing Wednesday's match through suspension.
Ancelotti said: "Borussia proved that they are a quality team and that they will try to turn the result around. They will try everything to come back. We have to be alert and play like we did in this match.
"If we play like today we'll reach the semi-finals. Touch all the wood in the world, I don't like talking about the semis yet. They are setting a trap for the second leg and we have to be prudent and avoid it."