Real Madrid Coach Zinedine Zidane has said his side will remain positive and insist on maintain a right attitude when they face Napoli in the second leg of the last-16 tie of the Champions League.
Los Blancos enter Tuesday’s clash with a 3-1 advantage over the Italian side after goals from Benzema, Casemiro, Kroos cancelled Napoli’s early strike through Lorenzo Insigne.
Zidane’s side are looking to defend the title they won less than a year ago and will be the first team to have done that since the 1992 rebrand of the Europe elite competition.
But the road to making such record is still a long way as they will need to cancel out the away goal recorded by Napoli at the Bernabeu and ensure they did not concede too many goals.
Napoli will enter the game on the back of a deserved 2-1 win over high-flying Roma at the domestic scene, and a 2-0 victory will send them through while anything short of that is an exit from the tournament.
Currently second in the La Liga table with a game in hand, Real Madrid have blown away a six-point lead that set them apart from Barcelona and the rest prior to their meeting with Napoli.
They have a task to secure the lead over Napoli and advance to the quarter-finals and Zidane is not leaving anything to chance despite the 3-1 lead.
We can’t change our mindset – Zidane
“[The lead] does not change anything, we cannot alter our mindset.
The former Madrid player now coach spoke to reporters ahead of the clash and said his charges are upbeat ahead of the game.
“Whether we are drawing, or even three or two or one goals up, it cannot change our attitude.
It’s important for us to keep the mindset that we’ve had so far. We always go out and play our game and try to win.
“I’m not worried, I know that we are playing against a great team. There will be some brave players and we’ll see a great match, but we have our game-plan.
“For them that start will be very intense as they have to score.”
Napoli have not reached the quarterfinals of the Europe elite competition with their best participation only moving out of the group stage.