Champions League: Madrid will suffer at Napoli – Zidane


Real Madrid Manager, Zinedine Zidane, has noted that Napoli remained “dangerous” and his side would “suffer” in the return game despite their 3-1 victory in Wednesday’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg at home.

Real Madrid made a convincing comeback against the Italians on Wednesday after going one goal behind in the early stage of the game.

Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne struck from 35 yards to put the visitor ahead before Karim Benzema equalised as Madrid dominated the proceedings at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos and Casemiro fired one each within five minutes early in the second half to put the defending champions in control of the tie ahead of the second leg at San Paolo on Tuesday, March 7.

The Frenchman told post-match news conference that he was not counting any chickens yet, especially as Napoli had scored a valuable away goal.

Zidane said, “We still have to go there and play another game.

“It will be difficult; we will have to suffer there, as the tie is not over yet. It will be 50-50 again. I would have liked a clean sheet, but it is a good result. They can be dangerous in any moment. But we have our own weapons and can hurt them too.

“We played a great game, I don’t know if our best, but above all a great start.

“Their goal was a pity, but we rectified it quickly and were back in the game. I am happy with the result, which is logical. We put in a lot of intensity, concentration, which was important as always, against a good opponent, with good players and in good form.”


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