Goals galore as Bayern, Real dominate ECL
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 0:17
The Portuguese is without a goal in the Champions League now in over 500 minutes of action, but he was bright in this game and his superb run left Kalidou Koulibaly floored as he set up Toni Kroos for 2-1 five minutes into the second half as the German netted with a fine finish.
They've only lost three times all season and will be extremelydifficult to overcome here especially with the second leg back in Naples.
Real head coach Zinedine Zidane will be hoping that Dani Carvajal is fit to start at right back after a month out with a muscle injury, otherwise Nacho Fernandez will once again have to show his adaptability after Danilo picked up an injury away to Osasuna at the weekend.
Real Madrid with the loss of goal scoring form from Cristiano Ronaldo, who has gone nearly five games without a goal in the competition, will look to French striker Karim Benzema who has scored four of Real Madrid's last six Champions League goals and will be hoping to add to his career total of 53 in the competition.
It was a wonderful effort from the Italian global, but Casemiro, like his Madrid team, would not be outdone. "The Bernabeu is an intimidating stadium to play at but the only way to get past Real Madrid is to be courageous and go there with intent", Napoli and Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina told radio station Onda Cero.
Sarri said: "With the awareness that we are going to play an away match against the champions of the world and a really strong side, we will be a bit anxious but sometimes it's a positive feeling because it gives you a boost".
Just look at how they came out at the first whistle: playing aggressively and confidently, looking to execute their gameplan no matter what Real Madrid did. Nacho Fernandez added that coach Zidane is doing a good job in handling the team.
"I've scored the odd good one at particular times and been on target in the odd final, but they're all special to me", Ramos said.
Holders Real Madrid have mastered the art of winning without hitting top gear this season.
Attentions has now turned towards the European clash at home to Napoli on Wednesday night and Ramos, who has scored six times from 13 league appearances this term, says every player is enjoying life under Zidane.