With some of the best attacking players on show tonight and Diego Maradona one of the all time greatest players as a VIP the stage is set for an epic Champions League night in the capital city of Spain as Real Madrid take on Napoli in the pre-quater finals of the Champions league.
The Italian outfit are in red hot form as they are unbeaten in their last 18 games where as Real Madrid are looking to find their best form after they lost their 40 game unbeaten streak in January.
The Real Madrid boss is concerned about the attacking force of Napoli. In his pre match press conference Zidane said
“With all due respect to Maradona, who has been one of the best, I’m more worried about those who’re on the field and those who’ll play tomorrow. We’ve got our weapons and it’s going to be a good match. That’s what I want to see tomorrow. They have fast, small and very mobile players. They are very technical, but we also have things that will cause them problems. They are going to have a lot of depth up front. We’re going to have difficult moments and we must concentrate the whole game”.
Zidane knows that any lapse in concentration and intensity will cause a lot of problems for the home side. Real Madrid have only lost twice this season but are yet to taste a defeat in Champion League.
Sarri the Napoli boss wants his team to play with the same mentality as they have done through out the season. Sarri said
“Napoli will try to impose their style of football on Real Madrid, but maybe that won’t be enough. If we play a match with a lot of fear, it’ll be much worse”.
Apart from Gareth Bale and Danilo all of the first team players are back in the squad for the match so Madrid injury crises is over.
Real Madrid’ squad
Arkadiusz Milik is back after a lengthy injury but will most likely be on the sidelines as the current front three of Napoli are doing such a great job.
Since 2010/11 season the Los Blancos have only lost 2 games and drawn 4 in their previous 39 Champion League matches.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Real Madrid‘s last 6 games (UEFA Champions League).
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 10 matches (UEFA Champions League).
Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 33 home games in the Champions League. Longest ever run in the Champions League.
Napoli have just one clean sheet in their previous 10 away games in Champions Leaguue.
Napoli have not lost Champions league game away from home this season.