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Published: Wed, March 08, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Real Madrid Hotel, Surrounded by Napoli Supporters During the Night

Real Madrid Hotel, Surrounded by Napoli Supporters During the Night

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid took care of business on Tuesday, becoming the first two teams to qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League with wins over Arsenal and Napoli, respectively.

Although Madrid have lost only one of their last nine away Champions League matches, according to ESPN Stats & Information, they have claimed just one victory in their last nine visits to Italy. The Portuguese superstar, who was struggling all night long, turned into a savior once again as he converted a free header just before stoppage time to salvage a point, which could prove to be very valuable.

"Maybe we have a 3 percent chance but we have to try".

Rumours over star forward Cristiano Ronaldo's rift with teammates have been circulating in what has been a lean season by his impossibly-high standards. By the final whistle, they'd poured in 20 shots on the night, putting six on frame and having the three goals to their credit. A repeat of that can not happen on Tuesday for their opponents will make them pay for every reprieve that is gifted to them.

As Arsenal commit more men forward, Xhaka will become more and more exposed in his holding midfield role and could well find himself in some hard situations where "taking one for the team" becomes a necessity. However, the competition in the second leg is going to be intense against Napoli.

While the two-legged format will always give hope to a side losing the away leg 3-1, it is the opposition which means that away goal seems less relevant than might otherwise have been the case.

"When a team is as strong as Real, there's little to say or to do", Sarri said.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been recalled to the Real Madrid starting lineup for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash with Napoli this evening.

When you're coming into a match as big as this, it's vitally important for a club's captain to not only put in a big performance, but to help make sure the rest of his squad keeps an even keel and knows what they need to do at all times. "Now he is contention to play, we will see his condition ahead of the game".

Napoli's ability to block Roma's attempts to comfortably play their way out of defence, quickly turning such moments into a counter attack as they won posession, were there for all to see.

Their 3-1 victory at the Bernabeu meant Napoli faced a very hard task back in Italy.

Napoli were reduced to ambitious snapshots and Rog smashed over oncemore.

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

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