Napoli vs Real Madrid
Stadio San Paolo
Tuesday; March 7, 2017
The current title holders, Real Madrid, will travel to Italy after registering a 3-1 win in the first leg of last 16 at Santiago Bernabeu last month.
Real Madrid are favourite to win the title this season as they look on to become the first team to win back to back the title after the competition changed its format. However, Napoli can create lots of hurdles in Madrid’s way to quarter final.
Napoli lost 3-1 to Real Madrid, and are going to face them again in 2nd leg at Stadio San Paolo on 7th March 2017. With one away goal Napoli can move to next round with a 2-0 win over Real Madrid. However, it is not very easy against the team like Real Madrid.
Insigne, Benzema, Kross and Casemiro on the scoresheet of the first leg
Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli striker, took the lead in the first leg in the eighth minute at Santiago Bernabeu. He punished Madrid’s shot-keeper, Keylor Navas, from a long distance. However, Los Blancos turned the things and won the game with Karim Benzema, Toni Kross and Casemiro on the score sheet.
Vital fixture for Real Madrid
Real Madrid are struggling in domestic league in recent games. They lost against the bottom side Valencia and drew against Las Palmas and moved to second in the table one point behind Barcelona with a match in hand. However, Zidane’s team managed to win the match against Eibar (4-1) without Ronaldo and Bale.
Zinedine Zidane should achieve an easy victory against Napoli to please the Madrid’s fan back in the home. As Ronaldo and Bale both return to the team after not playing on Saturday, Zidane will be happy to use his two main attacking force.
Do or Die for Napoli
Napoli are not the regular club to play in Champions League like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. And this year they have worked hard to reach the knockout stage of the competition.
Maurizio Sarri’s men will give everything on the pitch to remain in the contest. With a recent win over Roma in the domestic league, Napoli are seeking a victory against the Champions: Real Madrid.
Napoli have won six, drawn one and lost three games out of the last ten games. On the other hand, Las Blancos have won seven, drawn two and lost one of the past 10 games.
Napoli will provide a tough game to Real Madrid and try to win the game against them in Italy. Napoli players need to win the game for their pride in front of home fans on Tuesday.
However, Zidane will not let his team lose 3-1 victory against Napoli and get knocked out of Champions League.
Some of my predictions for the game:
- Both teams to score a goal with Ronaldo and Dries Mertens on the score sheet.
- Real Madrid to proceed to next round with a comfortable lead in the aggregate score sheet.