Champions League Round Of 16 Rematches

Real Madrid's Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Real Madrid and Napoli at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, 15 February 2017. Photo by: Kiko Huesca/EPA/REX/Shutterstock

The rematches of Round of 16, in this year’s Champions League, are near, and tomorrow we will watch two exciting games were both home teams will have to play offensively in order to catch up their deficits from the first games.

Napoli is going to host the great Real Madrid, while Borussia Dortmund will face Benfica at their Signal Iduna Park.

Of course, the main match of the evening will be played in Naples in front of 80 thousand Napoli fans. Real Madrid has an advantage of two goals, as they won at Santiago Bernabeu 3-1 three weeks ago.

High confidence and morale are among the Madrid players because they are unbeaten in the past 11 Champions League games and if they avoid being defeated in tomorrow’s game it will be their longest run without losing a match in European competitions.

The visitors’ coach Zinedine Zidane told to the media, that he looks forward leading his team in an atmosphere which Napoli supporters create.

“I’ve lived this atmosphere here as a player. It’s never been an easy place to come,” he said. “It’s a stadium where the fans really get behind their side, they are really involved in the game.”

“But at the same time, it is very nice. I like atmospheres like that when the fans get behind the team. It’s nice on their side but it is nice for the rival as well. It’s an extra motivation.

Marek Hamsik the captain of the home team, stated that Napoli has to play offensive, but also that they need to stay focused while doing that because Real has fantastic players, who can score from any situation.

“We have to go out and attack, but we also have to be careful behind. Napoli is never poor at home in these great matches, so I am sure we will have a great match.”

“Real Madrid has great attacking strength and can score goals at any time, but we have to think about doing damage with our patterns of play and those that we have prepared.”

In another game of the night, Arsenal will have an impossible mission to defeat Bayern Munich with four goals difference, because they lost at Allianz Arena 5-1.

On top of that Mesut Ozil is going to be out of this game and that significantly decreases already slim chances for Arsenal’s miracle.

“I don’t think Mesut Ozil is ready physically to be in the squad tomorrow,” Arsenal coach told the media “He should be okay for the weekend. He only had one session yesterday.”

Arsene Wenger added that their chances are small, but they will not surrender.
“It is going to be a tough one against Bayern. We need to take the first step to get our fans on board again.”

If by any chance some amazing miracle happens in London, Arsenal will become only the fourth team in history, that managed to came back from four goals deficit. Hope still exists.

Now, that would be a fantastic story.

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