CL: Napoli fall to Real Madrid

Real Madrid celebrate after Karim Benzema's opening goal in the 4-1 win over Eibar

Real Madrid celebrate after Karim Benzema's opening goal in the 4-1 win over Eibar

Real Madrid have been in superb form in Europe, and are enjoying an unbeaten 11-match streak, and with players like Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Mordic, this record does not surprise one much. The angle was tough, and he had a lot to focus on with the keeper and defender right on top of him.

Zinedine Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes when Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Dries Mertens who scored a brace to beat Roma 2-1 at the weekend, but picked up a knock in that game is also expected to return for Napoli.

"It's an nearly impossible game for us because they score all the time", Maurizio Sarri, manager for Napoli, said ahead of the game, per BBC.

The latest episode began when their flamboyant club president Aurelio De Laurentiis publicly criticised the team after their 3-1 defeat in the first leg at the Bernabeu three weeks ago.

They have an extremely potent attacking trio in Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens and their speed on the counter will prove crucial against a leaky Madrid defence.

"You have to be careful, and watch them all the way because you don't know until the last moment where the ball is going to go", the Spaniard said.

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Maurizio Sarri: "I have heard many of you (the press) talking about pressure, but the pressure should be all on Real Madrid's shoulders".

Real Madrid are the current Champions League title holders and qualified for this stage as runners up to Borussia Dortmund in Group F. For Napoli, this is their second ever round of 16 appearance in the UEFA Champions League.

The Spanish giants will be keen to score an away goal, which could be an ideal scenario for Real Madrid, meaning, Napoli will have to score four goals.

"They are the world champions, the richest club, the best, so they have to qualify". We always go out and play our game and try to win.

Real Madrid nearly levelled on 29 minutes when Ronaldo burst into the area and saw his effort beat Jose Reina but rebound off the base of the post. They have the ability to find holes in any defensive system and score goals at will especially during big European matches.

It is a venue where Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Chelsea have all lost in recent seasons - though Zidane insists an early goal for the hosts would not ruffle his experienced side.

If Ronaldo had scored, Napoli would have needed to score another two goals to stand any chance of progress, making their task extremely hard.