Champions League preview: Real Madrid face tricky trip to Napoli

Posted March 08, 2017

Zinedine Zidane has kept his cards close to his chest on the possibility of starting Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema together against Napoli in the second leg of their Champions League tie.

However, curiously enough, the question that arises before the clash against Napoli is simple - BBC or no BBC? It was a shame about the Napoli goal, but we rectified things, scored ourselves and turned the game on its head I think it was a just result.

Cristiano Ronaldo almost leveled the playing field moments later, but after rounding Pepe Reina the superstar was denied by the woodwork.

Against a solid team like Real Madrid, who rarely concede such number of goals, Napoli can not afford to concede any goal if they are to keep their Champions League hopes alive. He also added: " We will take the pitch to win the game as we always do.

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Bayern Munich were too good for the Gunners in London and just as they did two weeks ago, the Germans enjoyed an emphatic 5-1 victory. Yet if the visitors looked risky on the transition, Napoli were just as threatening with their one-touch passing game and it was to pay dividends midway through the half. It is a gift for the city to play against one of the strongest teams in the world. They are in third place on the defender goal-scoring charts for the club.

Bale said: "My mindset was to stay as long as I can - I read Mark Hughes saying that when he came over he was already thinking about going home". Beaten 3-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu, Maurizio Sarri's men need to win by two clear goals or, were they to concede more than one, by three.

Ronaldo is usually exempted from any defensive work, while Bale has been accused of slacking in his defensive duties and Benzema has been criticised, this season especially, for a lack of intensity.

Napoli required nothing short of a miracle if they were to reach the last eight for the first time - although a bright opening reflected a growing belief in the football-mad southern city the Azzurri could cause an upset. After the visitors piled forward again and forced a corner, the Spanish side did what they always do.score.