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Jese Rodriguez is confident Real Madrid can still qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League, despite their 2-0 quarter-final first-leg defeat at Wolfsburg on Wednesday night.
Ricardo Rodriguez netted from the penalty spot and Maxi Arnold added a second in the first half at the Volkswagen Arena to hand the initiative to Dieter Hecking's side ahead of the second leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Los merengues have now last 19 of their 29 matches on German soil, and the 23-year-old forward says Wolfsburg deserved their 2-0 victory.
"They are very strong here. This is football and you can also lose matches," he said.
Jese, who came on as a second-half substitute against Wolfsburg, nevertheless insists that Real Madrid can bounce back from their first Champions League defeat of the season.
"I'm sure that in the Bernabeu with the support of our fans we're going to turn the tie around," he continued.
"We have to support the team. We all win and lose together.
"In the Bernabeu we have to play for our lives, for our fans and for ourselves."
Wolfsburg forward Julian Draxler says his team-mates "enjoyed every minute" of their Champions League victory over the 10-time European champions, but admits they face a tough task in closing out the tie in Madrid next Tuesday.
"We really enjoyed every minute of the game. It was really good for us," Draxler told BT Sport.
"We know that we can play football, but we are not on Real Madrid's level. I am really proud of the team and I hope that we can manage the same game next week in Madrid."