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2016 – 2017 Champions League Quarterfinals Draw, Friday 17 March 2017

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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals Draw held on Friday 17 March 2017 at  Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 12:00 CET.   There is only 1 Italian Serie A team participating in the Quarterfinals:   Juventus.

Here is the complete UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals Draw:

Atlético de Madrid v Leicester City Football Club
Borussia Dortmund v AS MONACO
FC Bayern Munich v Real Madrid C.F.
Juventus v FC Barcelona

 
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Juventus v Barcelona Precedents
  • Juventus and Barcelona met in the 2015 final in Berlin.  Result: Barcelona winning 3-1
  • Stats Goals:  Ivan Rakitić (4), Luis Suárez (68) and Neymar (90+7) scored for Barcelona, Álvaro Morata (55) for Juve
  • Juventus and Barcelona with 7 competitive meetings.   Stats showing Barcelona with 3 wins, Juventus with 2 wins, 2 draws.
  • Juventus and Barcelona met in the 2002/03 last eight.   Stats showing it was 1-1 in Turin and 2-1 to the hosts in Barcelona
  • Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves playing for Juventus will return to face Barcelona at Camp Nou.

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Champions League: Result JUVENTUS 1 – 0 PORTO, Goal by Dybala, Tuesday 14 March 2017

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66% Ball Possession JUVENTUS and 34% Ball Possession PORTO
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41′ Paulo Dybala
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Juventus ruling in Serie A and is also battling  in the Champions League Quarterfinals.   Juventuss defeated Porto with a 1-0.  The aggregate result is 3-0 as Juventus won the First Leg with a 2-0 at the Dragao Stadium.  Surely, Juventus living a great moment!

Tension is high.  Referee Ovidiu Haţegan giving a red card to Porto defender Maxi Pereira in the 40th minute after a foul with a hand ball in the penalty area.   It is  Argentinean forward Paulo Dybala to convert the penalty defeating Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas with a left footed shot in the bottom right corner.   It is the second goal of the  season in Champions League by Dybala.   Porto remaining with 10 players.

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Coach Massimiliano Allegri giving resting time to Paulo Dybala. The substitution in the 78th minute.  Tomás Rincón replacing  Dybala.

  • Juventus qualifying for their Champions League tenth quarter-final but just a third in last seven attempts

There is only 1 precedent in Turin between Juventus and Porto.   In the Champions League 2001-2002  the match  ended Juventus 3 – 1 Porto.

 

Here is JUVENTUS official starting lineup by Coach Massimiliano Allegri:

JUVENTUS (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Dani Alves, Benatia, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandžukić; Higuaín.

Here is PORTO official starting lineup by coach Espírito Santo:

PORTO (4-4-2): Casillas; M. Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Layún; Torres, D. Pereira, André André, Brahimi; André Silva, Soares.
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Dani Alves and Paulo Dybala celebrating after the goal  against Porto

 

Leonardo Bonucci and Paulo Dybala

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Juventus 1 – 0 FC Porto
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Juventus Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45CET

Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant referees: Octavian Șovre (ROU) and Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional assistant referees: Radu Petrescu (ROU) and Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Goals:  41′ Paulo Dybala (pen)

Official lineups – formations:

JUVENTUS (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Dani Alves, Benatia, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandžukić; Higuaín.

Subs: Neto, Chiellini, Barzagli, Lichtsteiner, Rincón, Pjanić, Pjaca.

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

PORTO (4-4-2): Casillas; M. Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Layún; Torres, D. Pereira, André André, Brahimi; André Silva, Soares.

Subs: José Sá, Boly, Neves, Herrera, Otávio, Jota, Depoitre.

Coach: Espírito Santo.

Champions League: Juventus vs Porto Match Officials, Referee Ovidiu Haţegan, Tuesday 14 March 2017

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UEFA has designated the match officials for the game JUVENTUS vs FC PORTO  valid for the Champions League Round of 16, Second Leg match on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy at 20:45.

It is Referee Ovidiu Haţegan  from Romania to direct the game Juventus – Porto.   Haţegan  will be assisted by Octavian Șovre (ROU) and Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU).  The
additional assistant referees will be Radu Petrescu (ROU) and Sebastian Colţescu (ROU).  The fourth official will be Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

 

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Round of 16, Second Leg

Juventus – FC Porto
Tuesday 14 March 2017
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Champions League: Juventus vs Porto, Official starting lineups, Tuesday 14 March 2017

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Here are JUVENTUS vs FC PORTO official starting lineups – formations for the Champions League Round of 16, Second Leg match on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy at 20:45.

JUVENTUS (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Dani Alves, Benatia, Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Khedira, Marchisio; Cuadrado, Dybala, Mandžukić; Higuaín.

Subs: Neto, Chiellini, Barzagli, Lichtsteiner, Rincón, Pjanić, Pjaca.

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri.

PORTO (4-4-2): Casillas; M. Pereira, Felipe, Marcano, Layún; Torres, D. Pereira, André André, Brahimi; André Silva, Soares.

Subs: José Sá, Boly, Neves, Herrera, Otávio, Jota, Depoitre.

Coach: Espírito Santo.

Referee: Haţegan (Romania)

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Round of 16, Second Leg

Juventus – FC Porto
Tuesday 14 March 2017
Juventus Stadium
Turin, Italy

20:45CET

Referee: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Assistant referees: Octavian Șovre (ROU) and Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional assistant referees: Radu Petrescu (ROU) and Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Fourth official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Champions League: Result NAPOLI 1 – 3 REAL MADRID, Goals by Mertens, Ramos, and Morata, Tuesday 7 March 2017

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54% Ball Possession NAPOLI and 46% Ball Possession REAL MADRID
SSC Napoli Napoli 1 – 3 Real Madrid Real Madrid

24′ Dries Mertens                       51′ Sergio Ramos
.                                                         57′ Sergio Ramos
.                                                         91′ Alvaro Morata
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It’s the big match, NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID, the most important match so, far, for Napoli this season.   Napoli despite losing and eliminated in the Champions League is applauded by the fans at the San Paolo Stadium for their courageous battle.  Real Madrid qualifying with an aggregate result of 5-2.

Real Madrid won on the First Leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with a 3-1 result.    The goals for Real Madrid were by Kraim Benzema, Kroos, and Casemiro while for Napoli the goal was scored by forward Lorenzo Insigne.  In the Second Leg, the goal for Napoli is scored by forward Dries Mertens and for Real Madrid the goals were by Sergio Ramos with 2 headed goals and Alvaro Morata.

Forza!!!!!!   Napoli opening the score in the 24th minute.  It is forward Dries Mertens to defeat Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a left footed shot  to the bottom right corner.  The assist is by Captain Marek Hamsik.    San Paolo exploding rooting for Napoli encouraging the players to believe!  Way to go for Mertens scoring 17 goals in the last 16 official games with Napoli.

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UFFAAAAAAAAA what a blow!   Real Madrid Captain Sergio Ramos equalizing the score for the 1-1 in the 51st minute.  Ramos defeating Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina from close range following a corner with a headed shot to the top right corner.   The assist is by Toni Kroos with a cross.  The corner is conceded by Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj.

Napoli making the first substituion in the 56th minute.  Marko Rog replacing Allan.

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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO   Real Madrid taking the lead in the 57th minute!!!!!  Again, it is Sergio Ramos playing a super game to overturn the result.   Ramos defeating goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a headed shot and again following a corner conceded by Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam!!!!

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Real Madrid making the first substitution in the 68th minute.  Lucas Vázquez replacing forward Gareth Bale.

Napoli making the second substitution in the 70th minute.  Arkadiusz Milik replacing forward Lorenzo Insigne.

Real Madrid making the last substitution in the 80th minute.  Isco replacing Luka Modric.

The final blow in the 91st minute with the ex-Juventus player Álvaro Morata catapulting Napoli.  Morata defeating goalkeeper Pepe Reina with a right footed shot.  The action originated by forward Cristiano Ronaldo with a left footed shot forcing Reina to save in the center.  The ball was still in the area and there you go Morata to put the end.

Here is NAPOLI official starting lineup – formation by coach Maurizio Sarri:

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Diawara, Hamšík; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne.

Here is REAL MADRID official starting lineup by coach Zinedine Zidane:

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

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Click the video to watch NAPOLI 1 – 3 REAL MADRID highlights including all goals by Dries Mertens, Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata.

Stats BEFORE the game.  Top scorer of NAPOLI: Forward Dries Mertens with 4 goals

Top scorer of REAL MADRID: Karim Benzema with 5 goals

Napoli Goals Goals Real Madrid
Mertens, Dries 4 5 Benzema, Karim
Milik, Arek 3 2 Morata, Alvaro
Hamsik, Marek 2 2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Gabbiadini, Manolo 1 2 Bale, Gareth
Insigne, Lorenzo 1 2 Varane, Raphael

Stats.  Her are the last 5 games of NAPOLI:  2 wins, 3 lost

04/03/17 SA Roma Napoli 1:2 27
28/02/17 CI Juventus Napoli 3:1 S
25/02/17 SA Napoli Atalanta 0:2 26
19/02/17 SA Chievo Napoli 1:3 25
15/02/17 UCLK Real Madrid Napoli 3:1 1/8

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of REAL MADRID:  3 wins,  1 draw, 1 lost

04/03/17 PD Eibar Real Madrid 1:4 26
01/03/17 PD Real Madrid Las Palmas 3:3 25
26/02/17 PD Villarreal Real Madrid 2:3 24
22/02/17 PD Valencia Real Madrid 2:1 16
18/02/17 PD Real Madrid Espanyol 2:0 23

 

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A total of 56,695 attendance with an earning of 4.484.302,00 euros.

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Napoli 1 – 2 Real Madrid
Tuesday 7 March 2017
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) and Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Goals:  24′ Dries Mertens (N), 51′ Sergio Ramos (R), 57′ Sergio Ramos (R), 91′ Alvaro Morata (R)

Official lineups – formations:

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Diawara, Hamšík; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne.

Subs: Rafael, Maksimović, Maggio, Jorginho, Zieliński, Rog, Milik.

Coach:   Maurizio Sarri.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Danilo,  Rodríguez, Vázquez, Isco, Morata.

Coach: Zidane.

Champions League: Napoli vs Real Madrid, Official starting lineups, Tuesday 7 March 2017

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Here are NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID official lineups – formations for the Champions League Group Round of 16, Second Leg on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

NAPOLI (4-3-3): Reina; Hysaj, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Allan, Diawara, Hamšík; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne.

Subs: Rafael, Maksimović, Maggio, Jorginho, Zieliński, Rog, Milik.

Coach:   Maurizio Sarri.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Danilo,  Rodríguez, Vázquez, Isco, Morata.

Coach: Zidane.

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

 

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Napoli – Real Madrid
Tuesday 7 March 2017
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) and Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Champions League: Preview Napoli vs Real Madrid, Tuesday 7 March 2017

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It’s the big match, NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID, the most important match so, far, for Napoli this season.     Here is the preview for Napoli – Real Madrid valid for the UEFA Champions League Group Round of 16, Second Leg on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

Let’s start from the basic point:  The qualification for the Champions League Quarterfinal.  Napoli not only must win the match with more than 3 goals considering that Real Madrid won on the First Leg at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with a 3-1 result.    The goals for Real Madrid were by Kraim Benzema, Kroos, and Casemiro while for Napoli the goal was scored by forward Lorenzo Insigne.

  • If Napoli win 1-0,  it won’t be enough for the qualification.  Napoli need at least a    2-0 victory to make it.   Needless to say that a 0-0, 1-1, 2-2, draw wont’ work either.

It’s tough to think that Real Madrid won’t be able to score at least a goal or just  play for the 0-0 result knowing they can qualify to the Quarterfinals with that result.    The  pressure is for Napoli to “go all for it like hungry lions” to overturn the  result.

Napoli need to coordinate well the midfield to provide forwards with goal opportunities.  The key player for me in this aspect is midfielder Marek Hamsik to move the pieces of the game.   It is the shining moment for strikers Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne to deliver historical goals to secure the qualification.  Insigne already scored against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

Challenge is also for Napoli defense Raúl Albiol and Koulibaly to be compacted and not allow space for Benzema or Cristiano Ronaldo to score.   Goalkeeper Pepe Reina must be at his best to be an iron wall.   It’s a tough  homework because Real Madrid have scored in their last 16 games.  The ideal scenario will be for Napoli to open the score in the first 15 minutes, that would be a BA BA BA BOOM to unleash Napoli fever and defeat the current Champions.  Real Madrid the absolute leader in Europe winning 11 Champions League while for Napoli it would be the first one….

Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri says that “Even if we have just 3% of the chance to qualify, we have to be focused on this goal”.   Well, my friends,  I will root for Napoli against all odds.  It’s a tough game because my favorite team in La Liga is Real Madrid.  Yet, when it comes to Italian teams in European competition, I definitely root for SERIE A teams. Come on Napoli!!!!!!!!  Forza Napoli.

Surely, the added boost for Napoli will be the fans at the San Paolo Stadium with their roaring  support “scatenare l’inferno”.

    • Napoli’s objective is to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.
    • Real Madrid have won their last six round of 16 ties

Probable lineups – formations   NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID

Napoli (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Hysaj, Raúl Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, A.Diawara, Marek Hamsik; Jose Callejón, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne.

Coach: Maurizio Sarri

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Coach:  Zinédine Zidane

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Stats BEFORE the game.  Top scorer of NAPOLI: Forward Dries Mertens with 4 goals

Top scorer of REAL MADRID: Karim Benzema with 5 goals

Napoli Goals Goals Real Madrid
Mertens, Dries 4 5 Benzema, Karim
Milik, Arek 3 2 Morata, Alvaro
Hamsik, Marek 2 2 Cristiano Ronaldo
Gabbiadini, Manolo 1 2 Bale, Gareth
Insigne, Lorenzo 1 2 Varane, Raphael

Stats.  Her are the last 5 games of NAPOLI:  2 wins, 3 lost

04/03/17 SA Roma Napoli 1:2 27
28/02/17 CI Juventus Napoli 3:1 S
25/02/17 SA Napoli Atalanta 0:2 26
19/02/17 SA Chievo Napoli 1:3 25
15/02/17 UCLK Real Madrid Napoli 3:1 1/8

Stats.  Here are the last 5 games of REAL MADRID:  3 wins,  1 draw, 1 lost

04/03/17 PD Eibar Real Madrid 1:4 26
01/03/17 PD Real Madrid Las Palmas 3:3 25
26/02/17 PD Villarreal Real Madrid 2:3 24
22/02/17 PD Valencia Real Madrid 2:1 16
18/02/17 PD Real Madrid Espanyol 2:0 23

 

Match officials  NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID

It is Referee Cüneyt Çakır from Turkey to direct the game Napoli – Real Madrid.   Çakır  will be assisted by  Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR).  The fourth official will be Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR).

There are 4 precedents with Referee Cüneyt Çakır directing a match with Napoli:

  • Europa League: Villarreal 2 – 1 Napoli, 24 February 2011
  • Champions League:  Marseilles 1 – 2 Napoli, 22 October 2013.
  • Champions League:  Atletico Bilbao 3 – 1 Napoli, 27 August 2014
  • Europa League:  Napoli 2 – 2 Wolfsburg, 23 April 2015

 

Called up players NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID

Here are NAPOLI official called up players by coach Maurizio Sarri for the Champions League Group Round of 16, Second Leg, Napoli vs Real Madrid on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

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Here are REAL MADRID 22 official called up players by coach Zinedine Zidane for the game against SSC Napoli:

Goalkeepers:  Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Rubén Yanez.

Defenders:  Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Danilo.

Midfielders:  Kroos, James, Casemiro, Kovacic, Modric, Asensio, Isco.

Forwards:  Ronaldo, Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vazquez, Mariano, Morata.

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Champions League: “Even if we have just 3% of the chance to qualify, we have to be focused”, Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri

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Here are the declarations of Napoli Coach Maurizio Sarri ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

Sarri is clear that most critics consider Real Madrid, the defending Champions, the favorites to win.  “Real are the title favorite and they are feeling pressure. We are trying to exploit all our qualities and chances playing as we usually do. Real are the team that collected more trophies in the World, they are the richest Club and everybody thinks that they are the title favorite, as it should be. Our aim is to show our qualities and try to take the lead, we hope to be lucky”.

As for Napoli protecting the net to block Real Madrid strikers from scoring, Sarri saying, “It’s not a casuality that they won 46 games in a row up to now, they have a high-quality offensive strategy and also many players with high physical characteristic. We should have a well-organized defense in order to contain them and impose our game. We should control their pressure since the very beginning.  This is the only way to open up space even if it will be dangerous. We should try.  We cannot check them in advance because anything can prevent their talent. We definitely have to be focused on our performance, have the right self-esteem. Even if we have just 3% of the chance to qualify, we have to be focused on this goal”.

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Round of 16, Second Leg

Napoli – Real Madrid
Tuesday 7 March 2017
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) and Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Champions League: “We will do our best in order to qualify,” Napoli Captain Marek Hamsik

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Here are the declarations of Napoli Captain Marek Hamsik ahead of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

It is no secret that Napoli vs Real Madrid is an exciting game to play, especially at the San Paolo.  Hamsik saying, “It will be a thrilling night, we will do our best in order to qualify.  If we got here is because we have improved a lot in the last years. We are going to play against one of the strongest team ever. It will be a real tough match but also a thrilling game. I say that we should enjoy the game, give our all and perform a perfect game. We are not the title favorite but of course we have enough enthusiasm to fight till the end”.

As for facing Real Madrid at home, Hamsik sustains that “Usually when we play at San Paolo we never lose the major games but at the same time Real Madrid do not allow space to their opponents on the international stage and they know how to win on every pitch. By the way we should be hone in on our performance instead of thinking to their strategy and express all our qualities”.

Hamsik:

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Round of 16, Second Leg

Napoli – Real Madrid
Tuesday 7 March 2017
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) and Barış Şimşek (TUR)

Champions League: Napoli vs Real Madrid, Probable lineups, Tuesday 7 March 2017

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Here are NAPOLI vs REAL MADRID probable lineups – formations for the Champions League Group Round of 16, Second Leg on Tuesday 7 March 2017 at the San Paolo Stadium in Naples, Italy at 20:45.

Napoli (4-3-3): Pepe Reina; Hysaj, Raúl Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam; Zielinski, A.Diawara, Marek Hamsik; Jose Callejón, Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne.

Coach: Maurizio Sarri

Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modrić, Casemiro, Kroos; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Coach:  Zinédine Zidane

 

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Photo:  facebook.com/SSCNapoli

 

UEFA Champions League ticketsUEFA Champions League Round of 16
Round of 16, Second Leg

Napoli – Real Madrid
Tuesday 7 March 2017
San Paolo Stadium
Naples, Italy

20:45

Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR) and Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional assistant referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) and Barış Şimşek (TUR)