Champions League: Holders Real Madrid edge out Napoli to reach quarterfinals

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Real Madrid are in the box seat to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they prepare to face Napoli in the round-of-16 second leg at Stadio San Paolo on 7 March. He also added: " We will take the pitch to win the game as we always do.

"We always go out to play", he said to reporters.

Numerous Napoli supporters gathered outside Madrid's hotel on Monday and continued to beep their vehicle horns and create a party atmosphere to keep them awake all night. They want their supporters to back their team from the beginning, making noise when Real Madrid bus arrives to the stadium and creating an unbelievable atmosphere around the game. The front three, although good individually in attack on rare moments where Real Madrid found space to get in-behind Napoli's midfield, were isolated due to Napoli's press that rendered them detached from the rest of Real Madrid's offensive scheme.

Real Madrid's second was credited to Mertens as an own goal, but the artifice was Ramos.

Although they still have a match in hand, Real Madrid now trail the Catalans in the table. "We'll suffer, but we're motivated". They need all their players, especially Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and Marek Hamsik to come all guns blazing for them to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League.

However, they've now become expendable and many now think that the Los Blancos would be better off without playing all three at once, but Zidane thinks otherwise and his insistence to start all three when remotely fit concerns critics and fans equally.

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Both were absent from Saturday's 4-1 victory at Eibar in which Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez were outstanding, giving Zidane a selection headache.

"If we start as motivated in every game, with the quality we have, it is nearly impossible for us to lose", the Brazilian told BeIN Sports.

Real Madrid responded five minutes later.

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has told The Sun he spoke to former Bernabeu stars David Beckham and Steve McManaman before signing because he wanted to "avoid the mistakes" made by some British players in Spain previously.

Indeed, sides that have lost the first away leg of a Champions League knockout tie by two goals since 2009/10 have won eight of the nine return legs.

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