UEFA Champions League Preview: Napoli vs Real Madrid & Arsenal vs Bayern


Napoli v Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have been named in Real Madrid's Champions League squad for the last-16, second-leg tie against Napoli.
The duo missed their comfortable 4-1 victory over Eibar in La Liga at the weekend, and will return for the trip to Naples on Tuesday night, which sees Real attempt to defend a 3-1 lead from the first leg.
Zinedine Zidane's side fell behind to an early Lorenzo Insigne goal that night, but hit back with strikes from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro to put themselves in the driving seat to make the quarter-finals.
Team news
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri has confirmed that Dries Mertens will start despite being withdrawn early from their 2-1 win over Roma on Saturday after suffering from cramps.
Allan (thigh) is still doubtful, but the Italian side have a fully fit squad otherwise.
Four-time Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo was sidelined for their win over Eibar with an injury which coach Zinedine Zidane described as "nothing serious", while Bale returns following a one-match domestic ban.
Kroos, Dani Carvajal and Marcelo were all also left on the bench at the weekend and should return to the XI.
Opta stats
There have been 11 previous instances of a team losing the first leg of a knockout tie 3-1 away from home; four of those sides have progressed, including the last three in a row.
Real Madrid have progressed from each of their last eight Champions League ties in the last 16 or beyond when they've won the first leg.
Highlights of the La Liga game between Eibar and Real Madrid
Napoli, meanwhile, have been eliminated on each of the previous four occasions they have lost the first leg of a last 16 tie in European competition.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 11 Champions League matches (W6, D5); should they avoid defeat in this game it would represent their longest run without defeat in the Champions League or European Cup.
Napoli have lost just one of their 10 Champions League home games (W7, D2), however, their one defeat came this season (3-2 v Besiktas).
Real Madrid have lost just one of their last nine away games in the Champions League (W4, D4).
Madrid have won just one of their last nine Champions League games away in Italy; the win in that run came at this stage in last year's competition though.
Goals GIF in the first-leg

Insigne

Benzema 

Kroos

Casemiro
Arsenal v Bayern Munich
Alexis Sanchez is set to start for Arsenal as they attempt to overturn their 5-1 first-leg deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League last-16, but Mesut Ozil is still out with an illness.
The Gunners host the German giants at the Emirates on Tuesday night knowing only a near-miracle will see them make it into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010.
Sanchez was left out of the starting line-up as Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday, but Arsene Wenger denied there had been a reported bust-up on the training ground involving the Chilean.
When asked about the supposed incident, Wenger said: "I am not aware, nothing happened. Nothing at all."
"I explained after the game at Liverpool that I decided to go for a more direct option in the game and that's what happened. That was the unique reason for my decision.
"For the rest, his attitude… He is a committed player, sometimes with excessive behaviour, but you have seen that many times in history in every squad."
Team news
Ozil, who also missed the trip to Anfield at the weekend, will also be absent in midweek as Wenger confirmed he wasn't yet "ready physically" to be considered.
Aaron Ramsey was an unused substitute at Liverpool following his return from injury and could feature on Tuesday.
Key players Mats Hummels, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Xabi Alonso were all on the bench for Bayern's win over Cologne on Saturday and all four are set to return.
Opta stats
No club has progressed in a Champions League knockout tie after losing the first leg by 4+ goals. A first-leg four goal deficit has happened nine times before this season, with six of those occasions seeing the defeated team play the first leg away from home.
Since the beginning of 2003/04, Arsenal have lost just 10 of their 62 home games in the Champions League, however six of those defeats have come in the knockout stages.
In fact, four of Arsenal's last six Champions League defeats at Emirates Stadium have come in the last 16, with two of those losses coming at the hands of Bayern Munich in 2013 and 2014.
This is the 12th meeting between these sides in the Champions League, Bayern have won six of the previous 11 games with Arsenal winning three (D2).
The German side have won just one of their last six Champions League away games, losing three and drawing twice in that run; however their three defeats all came by a single goal.
In the first leg, Arsenal failed to record a single shot on target in the second half, compared to Bayern's nine, this after firing five shots on target in the first half.
Goals GIF in the first-leg
Robben

Sanchez

Lewandowski


Thiago


Source: All Football

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