Serie A giants SSC Napoli host Real Madrid in the second leg of the last UEFA Champions League last 16 at San Paolo on Tuesday.
Maurizio Sarri will hope that his side are able to overturn the two-goal deficit after their 3-1 defeat at Santiago Bernabeu in the first leg. Meanwhile, Zidane’s men are aware of Napoli’s lethal offensive abilities and will not take this fixture for granted. Their aim will be to score a goal or two and grab the much-needed away goal to make life difficult for Napoli.
Napoli out there to stun the European Champions
Maurizio Sarri’s men will be out with a statement of purpose to shudder the reigning European Champions and knock them out of the prized tournament. Napoli are in buoyant mood after they achieved a 2-1 victory at Stadio Olimpico against Roma in the week after their 3-1 defeat at Juventus in Coppa Italia. Sarri would take solace from the fact that half of the sides in the last 8 instances have overturned a 3-1 scoreline from the first leg. Maurizio Sarri has urged Napoli to "play with a bit of balls" with the backing of the best fans in the world.
One to watch?
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Napoli Team News
Winger Dries Mertens who scored a brace in Napoli’s 2-1 win against Roma, is passed fit for the upcoming match after suffering a knock and subsequently taken off early in that match. Allan is still a doubt with thigh issues but otherwise, Napoli have a fully fit squad.
Los Blancos hoping to see off their lead
Zidane’s men were a goal down and came from behind to seal a forceful 3-1 victory in the first leg tie of this fixture at Santiago Bernabeu, courtesy of goals from Benzema, Kroos and Casemiro. The fact that Los Blancos conceded a perilous away goal has changed the dynamics of this fixture. Napoli now require only two goals to go through to the quarterfinals, provided they do not concede any more goals. Madrid, on the back of a 4-1 win at Eibar, will be aiming to score an away goal to make it tough for Napoli to come back in this fixture.
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Real Madrid Team News
Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who missed the match against Eibar through injury and suspension respectively have been named in Madrid’s squad for this tie. Toni Kroos, Carvajal and Marcelo who were named on the bench at Eibar will return to the starting lineup on Tuesday.
Napoli XI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, Diawara, Hamsik; Callejon, Mertens, Insigne
Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
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The match will be live on Ten HD at 01:15 AM on Wednesday, 8th March 2017.