Ronaldo to carry the load for Madrid against Napoli

Sergio Ramos

The second leg is at the Stadio San Paolo on March 7.

Real Madrid had a chance to level in the 12th minute when Ronaldo again found Benzema inside the Napoli box, but the striker's header was away from goal as the visitors survived a risky moment. "The good thing is that We're in good shape, we have everyone back available, which makes it harder for me to decide who to play, but it makes me very happy", said Zidane.

Sarri said: "With the awareness that we are going to play an away match against the champions of the world and a really strong side, we will be a bit anxious but sometimes it's a positive feeling because it gives you a boost".

And that shouldn't be a problem for the defending champions - Ronaldo has scored in every last 16 game he has played with Madrid the last five seasons, with 14 goals in total. "But I see him fully committed".

"I'd have to change 11 players and even that wouldn't work, because I am incapable of playing like that".

"We all know Cristiano and we know what he can bring to the team", Zidane said.

The teams will meet Wednesday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 series.

Firstly, Ronaldo played provider once more with a fine run down the right and measured cut-back for Kroos to slot home from the edge of the box.

Madrid's attack has scored at least a goal in 40 straight games in all competitions.

Holders Real, who are also top of LaLiga, are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for a seventh successive year.

Madrid promptly responded and should've equalised through Benzema, who was picked out by Ronaldo in Napoli's penalty area but - despite being directly in front of Reina's goal - couldn't guide his header on target. "It's a shame about the result, but there's another let and we will fight to the end".



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