Ramos: Barca loss will make my sleep calmer
Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos shared his expectations ahead of Barcelona home clash against PSG in Champions League. "I'll be happier if Barcelona lose, it will make my sleep calmer," he told the reporters after Napoli clash (1-3). Barcelona lost the first-leg to PSG (4-0) and have only few chances of reaching the quarterfinals. The second-leg will take place at Camp Nou in Barcelona, on March 8. Real Madrid have already played their round of 16 matches against Napoli (aggregate score 6-2). Sergio Ramos has become the hero of the Tuesday match at San Paolo, as he scores a header after a corner kick and creates the second Madrid goal (Mertens own goal).
Napoli 1 – 3 Real Madrid. All goals and highlights (video)
Napoli and Real Madrid repeated the first-leg score (1-3). Napoli dominated in the first half, which became obvious after Mertens' goal in the middle of the first half. However, Sergio Ramos' header after a corner in the beginning of the second half left little if no chance for the Italian side. Ramos then picked up another corner kick, and the ball netted Napoli goal after touching Mertens' head. Alvaro Morata then scored in the additional time, making the score a repetition of the first clash. Goals: Mertens 24' (1-0), Ramos 51' (1-1), Mertens 57' (o.g. 1-2), Morata 90+1' (1-3)
Ronaldo to return to Real Madrid squad to face Napoli
Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo who has missed the Saturday's game in La Liga against Eibar, has successfully recovered from the injury and has joined the main group during the last training session. The Portuguese had some muscular problems which prevented him from playing against Eibar, as his teammates trashed the opposition side with 4 goals to 1. Ronaldo has managed to fully recover, which means that he will be able to be part of the team to face Napoli in the return leg fixture in Champions League. To recall, Real Madrid managed to earn a 3-1 victory at home thanks to goals from Benzema, Kroos and Casemiro, completing the comeback, as Mertens scored an early opener for the Italian side.
Pepe Reina’s last minute save gives victory to Napoli
Napoli defeated Roma in an away match in Serie A Week 27. The Neapolitans scored two goals and conceded one, though they could have missed the victory if not Pepe Reina and his incredible last minute save.
Napoli midfielder seeks Premier League move
Brazilian midfielder, Allan, will push for a move to the Premier League at the end of the season after becoming dissatisfied with his lack of playing time with Napoli so far this campaign. The 26-year-old joined the Partenopei in 2015, but of his 21 appearances this season, nine have come from the bench and Tuttomercatoweb.com have confirmed that both Watford and Leicester would be interested in his services. Allan came off the bench as a substitute for Napoli against Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 first leg match, where his side lost to the Spanish giants despite scoring the first goal of the match.
Napoli dream of signing Ibrahimovic
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be his "dream signing". The 35-year-old signed a one-year deal with United last summer, with an option for a further 12 months. He said recently that "nothing is done" with regards to his future, even though he has fulfilled the option needed to extend. If the Swede doesn't sign, then Napoli president De Laurentiis has suggested he would be keen on his signature. "My dream signing? I always try to go forward with what I have," he said in an interview with journalist and former mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni. "One that I would like, though, is that giant who is at Manchester United now. I had him as a dinner guest in Los Angeles and he's incredibly nice, even though he always seems angry. "You know the one I'm talking about, right?"
Nadal: I’m ready to play tennis with Sergio Ramos
Rafael Nadal was present at Santiago Bernabeu stadium yesterday evening, as Real Madrid defeated Napoli with 3 goals to 1. Speaking to the media after the game, the Australian Open runner-up answered to Sergio Ramos's call of playing a tennis match. "Tell me where and when you want the game, and I am ready to play that game. It will be a nice initiative," the Spaniard said. What about Real Madrid - Napoli game, Nadal was happy with Los Blancos' performance, "I think Madrid have played a really good game. They could even have scored another goal, but even this result is a positive one. I think Madrid played well". Also, Nadal was satisfied with Karim Benzema's and James Rodriguez's football, "Both Karim and James played a complete match, they are players who always play well in big matches. They had good pace and intensity".
Zidane happy with victory but cautious ahead of next game
Real Madrid managed to complete a comeback and defeat Napoli 3-1 in the first leg match of UEFA Champions league round of 16. The Whites' head coach Zinedine Zidane was satisfied with the victory, though he is cautious ahead of the visit to Italy. "We put in a great performance, possibly our best. We made a great start, the disappointment was the goal that we conceded. We recovered soon after going behind and got a goal and I'm happy with the result, we deserved this outcome. The scoreline doesn't matter, we now have to go there and go again. It'll be tough and we'll be made to dig in. The tie isn't over yet. We need to go there and finish the job with this 3-1 advantage," the Frenchman said during the press conference. Talking about Sergio Ramos's injury, Zidane assured it's nothing serious, "Ramos picked up a knock but as the game went on he recovered. In the end, I took him off because of the knock and the fact he was on a yellow, I didn’t want to risk it. It was just a slight knock, nothing more". Real Madrid conceded an early goal from Lorenzo Insigne, whose sensational shot caught Keylor Navas in a wrong position and ended up with a goal. However, Karim Benzema leveled the score first, and then Toni Kroos gave a lead to Los Blancos early in the second half, right before Casemiro's superb volley.
Champions League: Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli – all goals and highlights
Real Madrid 3 : 1 Napoli - all goals and highlights Half Time finished with scoreline 1:1 Game ended after Full Time with scoreline 3:1
Sarri: We have to believe in ourselves against Madrid
Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri shared his expectations ahead of the Champions league away first-leg against Real Madrid. “Tomorrow I will study Real Madrid carefully. We have to be in good shape and believe in ourselves," Sarri told Mediaset Premium. "The team is starting to develop a stronger mentality, locking out what’s going on elsewhere. Tonight they were focused entirely on Genoa, otherwise we wouldn’t have got the points. “The players are eager to see what level they are at against these giants of the sport. We won’t be presumptuous, but will have that pinch of audacity you need in these situations,” the manager added. Let's recall that Napoli are to face defending champions Real Madrid within the boundaries of Champions League round of 16 first-leg.