Champions League: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale return for Real Madrid's clash against Napoli

Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale were named Monday in Real Madrid's Champions League squad for the last-16 second-leg tie against Napoli after missing the weekend win over Eibar.

Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Gareth Bale attend a training session ahead of their Champions League match. AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Gareth Bale attend a training session ahead of their Champions League match. AFP

Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo was sidelined with an injury which coach Zinedine Zidane described as "nothing serious". Also back in the squad for Tuesday's clash is Welshman Bale after completing a one-match ban.

Both were absent from Saturday's 4-1 victory at Eibar in which Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez were outstanding, giving Zidane a selection headache.

The Real coach left a host of other first-team regulars on the bench at Eibar.

Yet, not for the first time Real looked more balanced and dominant without many of their star players.

Reigning European champions Real lead Napoli 3-1 going into the second leg in Italy and tipped as favourites for a quarter-final berth.

Zidane has warned Napoli there will be no let up for 90 minutes as Real Madrid look to seal their seventh successive qualification for the Champions League quarter-finals.

But although he expects a "difficult" game, the former World Cup winner said Real expect one result only.

"It will be a difficult game, the same as it always is in the Champions League," Zidane told a packed conference in Naples on Monday.


Published Date: Mar 07, 2017 03:34 pm | Updated Date: Mar 07, 2017 03:34 pm


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