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Real Madrid Braces for Tough Champions League Clash with Napoli

Real Madrid, the La Liga leaders, are preparing to play one of Italy's best teams in what promises to be a difficult group-stage match in the UEFA Champions League.

La Liga leaders Real Madrid are gearing up to face one of Italy’s finest teams in what promises to be a demanding group-stage encounter in the UEFA Champions League, as stated by coach Carlo Ancelotti on Monday.

Real Madrid’s European Campaign Kick-Off:

Real Madrid embarked on their quest for a record-extending 15th European Cup title with a nail-biting 1-0 home victory over Union Berlin last month. 

Meanwhile, Italian champions Napoli, currently positioned third in Serie A, secured a 2-1 win against Sporting Braga.

The showdown scheduled for Tuesday at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium holds great significance for both teams, as it could determine their chances of claiming the top spot in Group C.

“We’ll play against one of the best teams in Italy. They did very well last year. It will be a competitive and evenly matched game as they have a high level,” Ancelotti, who once managed Napoli, told a news conference.

Real Madrid’s Toughest Group Stage Challenge:

Ancelotti emphasized that this match will likely be the toughest of Real Madrid’s group-stage fixtures. He acknowledged the weight of wearing the Real Madrid shirt, emphasizing the club’s high expectations.

Ancelotti’s Return to Naples:

This match also marks Ancelotti’s return to Naples, where he managed the club from 2018 to 2019. He oversaw an unbeaten run in the Champions League group stage before being dismissed with Napoli in seventh place in Serie A.

“I had positive moments; it is a wonderful city. There were also fewer good moments, but I have the memory of a positive experience,” Ancelotti said.

Reflecting on His Napoli Tenure:

Ancelotti provided insight into his previous stint with Napoli and the circumstances surrounding his departure. He believed it was the right decision for both parties and expressed gratitude for the opportunity to return to Real Madrid, which he considers the best club in the world.

Past Encounters Between Real Madrid and Napoli:

The history between the two teams includes their previous meeting in the 2016-17 round of 16 of the Champions League. 

In that encounter, Real Madrid emerged victorious in both legs with a scoreline of 3-1, ultimately clinching the title.

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