- Holders Madrid eyeing seventh straight quarter-final appearance
- Free-scoring Napoli unbeaten in 18 matches in all competitions
- Merengues have won 28 of last 33 European home games, losing once
- Dries Mertens has scored 14 goals in last 11 outings
- Italian visitors have full-strength squad to choose from
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Vázquez, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Bale (match fitness)
Napoli: Reina; Hysaj, Koulibaly, Albiol, Ghoulam; Zieliński, Diawara, Hamšík; Callejón, Mertens, Insigne.
Misses next match if booked: Koulibaly
Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach
The first leg is at home and we want to take advantage, to damage our opponents’ hopes – but obviously they can do the same to us. We’re ready for it. Napoli play good football and Sarri is doing a great job as coach, evidenced by their results. It’s going to be a great game.
Everyone wants to win the Champions League but it’s a long, hard road and we’re on it. That’s the good thing. We’ve got all our players back [though the first leg comes too soon for Gareth Bale].
Maurizio Sarri, Napoli coach
Press conference at 19:00CET
Osasuna 1-3 Madrid (Sergio León 33; Ronaldo 24, Isco 62, Lucas Vázquez 90+3)
Madrid were made to work for the points against the Spanish Liga’s bottom-placed side but – with the help of Cristiano Ronaldo’s 14th league strike of the campaign – stayed clear at the head of the standings.
Napoli 2-0 Genoa (Zieliński 50, Giaccherini 68)
Emanuele Giaccherini tapped in his first Serie A goal for Napoli as Sarri’s team extended their unbeaten streak to 18 matches.
Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Reporter’s view: Joe Walker (@UEFAcomJoeW)
The return of the UEFA Champions League is a happy coincidence for Zidane as it also marks the return to the fold of a number of players, including Dani Carvajal and Marcelo. The full-back duo will almost certainly start and will be key for Madrid as they seek to end Napoli’s 18-game unbeaten run. The reigning champions are 11 undefeated at home in this competition themselves and will want to extend their proud record of having reached at least the quarter-finals in each of the last seven seasons.
Did you know?
Leo Beenhakker’s Madrid overcame Napoli 3-1 on aggregate in the sides’ only past encounter, in the first round of the 1987/88 European Champion Clubs’ Cup. Find out more in our extensive match background.