Bale has 'always got on well' with Real Madrid superstar
Mar 08 2017
Together, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo have won two Champions League crowns and have formed the trident in attack for Carlo Ancelotti, Rafa Benitez and Zinedine Zidane. The angle was tough, and he had a lot to focus on with the keeper and defender right on top of him.
However, Los Blancos eventually sealed the win in stoppage time as substitute Alvaro Morata registered his name on the score-sheet to make it 3-1 on the night and 6-2 on aggregate.
Yet at the weekend, Napoli bounced back with an impressive away win at second placed Roma. So why should one give them even the slimmest of outside chances of being able to climb back from 3-1 down against Messers Ronaldo, Bale, Modric et al.?
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is also hoping that the fans can play an integral role in the Champions League clash, and feels that the pressure is on Real Madrid.
With Napoli trailing 3-1 after the first leg, Head Coach Maurizio Sarri was boosted by the inclusion of Belgian global Dries Mertens who overcame a knock sustained when netting a double against Roma last weekend.
Can they avoid any slip-ups against Marek Hamsik, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and cantera product Jose Callejon? I'm not anxious, I know that we are playing against a great team.
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"They're the favourites but we can make life hard for them", said Sarri, who led Napoli to the Serie A runners-up spot behind Juventus last season. After all, Real demolished Eibar in a March 4 match in La Liga, and they weren't even playing with all their heavy hitters.
Real sprung into life in the second half. "Our defensive game will be crucial for us, as well as paying attention and making sacrifices".
Napoli will nearly certainly need to keep a clean sheet which comes high at (4.60) with SportyBet and an early goal which will make them the first team to score at (1.97) would certainly excite their fans and put Real Madrid on the back foot. Napoli put in a performance to be proud of over both legs, but ultimately got overwhelmed by Real's superior on-pitch quality.
Midfielder Allan has recovered from a thigh injury and is available for the visit of the defending European champions. It was a shame about the Napoligoal, but we rectified things, scored ourselves and turned the game on its head I think it was a just result.