Real Madrid not risking Gareth Bale for Napoli game in Champions League
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Feb 16, 2017,
Feb 16, 2017, 1:01
An estimated 10,000 Napoli supporters are in Madrid for the first leg of the tie, the team's first Champions League knock-out tie since 2012. It's our message, but more importantly, I want to go out focused on our own game. However, whilst they didn't concede a goal at the Bernabeu in this competition last season, they're without a clean sheet there this term and in the league they've kept only three clean sheets in their 11 home games. "They might get behind our defensive line but we have to make sure it doesn't happen very often".
Head coach Zinedine Zidane even said earlier that Bale could play a part in the game.
"I am not Italian, but I gave everything for the Bianconeri shirt and I was willing to stay there many years", he told Corriere dello Sport. They have very good, players in attack, very mobile, with lots of intensity and pace.
Napoli stand in their way here and Maurizio Sarri's side are in impressive form as they're unbeaten in 13 in Serie A and managed to top Group B, though it was one of the weaker groups with Benfica, Besiktas and Dynamo Kiev making up the quartet.
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"Karim allows other players score". "Everyone wants to win the Champions League, but it is a hard and long road and we are on that path".
"We kind of knew what sort of injury he had and the timings of it and he's on track".
"Maradona has been one of the best, if not the best, in football, but tomorrow I will be more anxious about those who are playing", he said.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC.