Napoli are playing one of the most important games in their history at Santiago Bernabéu. The Italian team is not used to this kind of clashes as they’ve been struggling to keep a good form and qualify for the European competitions. Now they have the chance to play against the current title holder and they want to show a great performance.
The Italian side is in a good form in the Serie A, although they are third in the table. Maurizio Sarri spoke in press conference at Bernabéu and he expect his team to have personality: “We’re starting to believe in terms of mentality and that’s why we are in a great run. In terms of personality we have things to show and we have to start doing it tomorrow. Playing with fear here wouldn’t work out”, Sarri said.
The Italian coach announced they will look to Keylor Navas: “Being in our box for 90 minutes has to be because of the rivals and not because we weren’t able to leave. We have to face the game with some craziness to try to impose our way of playing, knowing that we are facing players that have won everything. I’m going to use a very offensive formation and, at the same time, we can defend correctly”, the manager said.
Sarri spoke also about how especial is Santiago Bernabéu stadium: There is a mystic atmosphere. Real Madrid is a strong team and that’s why is complicated for any rival. They have very talented players that can decide the game in any momento”, Sarri said.
Callejón and Albiol were also in the press conference. Both played at Real Madrid, so it will be a very especial game: “It will be a especial game. Albiol and I lived many years here and we won many games here. It’s an important game for the club and the supporters. It will be 180 minutes to impose our game. It will be tough because they are the current title holders but we can do great things because we are a great team”, Callejón affirmed.
Albiol also spoke about the difficulty of obtaining a good result: “It will be a very tough game with the current European and World Champions. We have to be very concentrated from the beginning. 90 minutes here are very tough and we know it. Real Madrid are able to do everything here. We’ve seen a thousand come backs. We’ll try to give the maximum to put them in difficulty and arrive with a good result to Naples”, the former Real Madrid defender said.