Zidane “not worried” about Napoli’s attacking threats

Zidane “not worried” about Napoli’s attacking threats


Zinedine Zidane says his Real Madrid side has the experience in big games to defeat Napoli in Wednesday morning’s Champions League round of 16 second leg meeting.

Los Blancos recorded a 3-1 win when the sides first met on February 15th, despite missing star players Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Zidane is expecting the Partenopei faithful to rally behind their side in force at the Stadio San Paolo and despite Madrid holding an aggregate advantage, the Frenchman is taking nothing for granted ahead of the contest.

“We know it will be a tough game tomorrow, as always in the Champions League,” he said in a press conference before the match.

“We know that, but we’re still ready to face this return leg tomorrow. It’s never easy, nothing is easy here.

“It’s a stadium with fans who can give their team a push, which is nice, but it’s also nice for the opponent.

“We know (about the atmosphere), but we’ll be playing 11 vs 11. The atmosphere will be amazing, it will be an extra motivation for us.

“It’s a fervent stadium, and it’s a pleasure for us to play in situations like this. It will be a difficult match for both teams.

An away goal in the first meeting from Lorenzo Insigne kept Napoli’s hopes in the tie alive and while Zidane is wary of players such as Dries Mertens and Marek Hamsik, he says he will not opt to field a defensive setup.

“The Napoli attack? No, I’m not worried. We’re facing a good team, but we’re used to facing big teams,” he added.

“They’ll have a lot of good players out there tomorrow, but we also have a good team and we can do good things.

“The mentality is always the most important thing. The important thing is to have the right attitude.

“They’ll start with a lot of intensity, we know that. They have to score. They can play in any way, they press well and they have strong players on the break. They’re a great team and they can hurt us.

“We’ll have to be strong, we’ll need to suffer and leave everything on the pitch. We’ll also have to be technical, intensity alone won’t be enough, we need to play football.”