Real Madrid's Ramos considers changing his shirt number to 93

Feb 16, 2017, 00:13
Real Madrid's Ramos considers changing his shirt number to 93

Defending Champions League victor Real Madrid continues its quest to become the first side to repeat since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990, going up against Napoli in the round of 16.

Real Madrid were understandably upset about going down early and pushed hard for a goal of their own, and despite some miscues in front of goal, they finally got one 18 minutes into the game when Dani Carvajal found Karim Benzema waiting patiently in front of goal for the ball.

The return match against Napoli is on March 7 in Italy.

Napoli remained risky on the counter-attack in the second half, with Madrid making a sluggish start.

The 44-year-old has managed to maintain the high standards this season and Los Blancos are on course to lift the La Liga title for the first time since 2012.

Zidane called on his players to shut Napoli out at the Santiago Bernabeu in his pre-match conference yesterday.

There was hardly time to take a breath in the opening five minutes of action as Real Madrid continued to force the issue, but Napoli were a danger when they had the chance to counter through Callejon, Dries Mertens and Insigne.

It was a wonderful effort from the Italian global, but Casemiro, like his Madrid team, would not be outdone.

Madrid now have a comfortable lead in the Spanish Liga, but at times have been less than impressive, it will be fascinating to see how they and an in-form Napoli perform in a game which offers no second chances. We're going step by step and game by game.

Cristiano Ronaldo has set a new personal best for assists in a single Champions League campaign with Real Madrid.

Real Madrid had a chance to level in the 12th minute when Ronaldo again found Benzema inside the Napoli box, but the striker's header was away from goal as the visitors survived a unsafe moment.

"If you put in a good performance in one game of a tie, that doesn't mean you'll go on to win the competition".

Then Napoli were struck by a thunderbolt from the most unlikely source as defensive midfielder Casemiro pounced on a looping clearance to volley first-time past a helpless Reina.

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