Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Zidane eyes Real shutout at Napoli

Zidane eyes Real shutout at Napoli

In those fixtures, they have scored an average of 2.9 goals per game and also conceded far fewer (one per game compared to 1.5 when Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo are all there). The angle was tough, and he had a lot to focus on with the keeper and defender right on top of him.

Two quick-fire goals saw Real Madrid survive an early scare to win 3-1 at Napoli on Tuesday and reach the Champions League quarterfinals for a seventh successive time.

He warned his team they could not afford a single lapse in concentration, pointing to Saturday's 2-1 win at AS Roma when Napoli dominated the match but still had to cling on at the end.

Mertens is expected to start up front, flanked by Lorenzo Insigne and former Madrid forward Jose Callejon, in Sarri's preferred 4-3-3 formation.

If Napoli are to go through on away goals, the Serie A side will have to do what no team has managed since Wolfsburg beat Madrid in a quarter-final first leg almost a year and 46 games ago - keep a clean sheet against the reigning Champions League winners.

Super Stat: The last time Madrid travelled to Napoli was in 1987, when the UEFA Champions League was called the European Cup and the tie ended in a 1-1 draw!

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Backed by a frenzied crowd at the Stadio San Paolo, Napoli had begun at a ferocious pace and clearly rattled Madrid with its pressing.

Dries Mertens - who has been in fantastic form this season - put the Serie A side 1-0 up on the night in the 24th minute to give the home supporters even more encouragement. "We will not just try and manage the game, in no moment".

Meanwhile, Madrid have won 19 of their 25 matches when the "BBC" have not all played together, at a much greater win percentage of 76%, drawing four and losing two.

Watch Napoli vs Real Madrid live streaming on BT Sport 3 and streamed on BT Sport. Ronaldo skipped clear of the Napoli defence, rounded goalkeeper Reina but could only find the post from an open goal position.

"In football you have the chance to change the script every three days".

Fans of Italian side Napoli have arrived hours early for their crunch Champions League showdown with holders Real Madrid, looking to create an electric atmosphere and facilitate victory.

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