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Madrid lead is not worth anything – Zidane

Goals in the first nine minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana rendered Cristiano Ronaldo's reply just before half-time meaningless, and Madrid's advantage over Barcelona is now just one point – although Los Blancos have a game in hand.

Zidane stopped short of criticising his side's performance, but warned against complacency as Madrid aim to clinch the club's first domestic league title since 2012.

"The truth is that we lost the match in 10 minutes," said Zidane. "We played well, we had opportunities but two errors cost us two goals.

Alfonso Perez calls for Pique to quit international football over political beliefs

Pique has already confirmed he will retire from Spain duty after the 2018 World Cup, but Perez believes Pique's political views make his position with the national team untenable.

The Barcelona defender is on record as supporting a referendum on independence for Catalonia and he was previously criticised for appearing to cut the Spain flag off the sleeves of his kit.

Perez compared Pique to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, who featured in friendly games for Catalonia during his playing career and has said independence for the region is inevitable.

Chievo 1 Napoli 3: Sarri's men bounce back from Champions League disappoitment

Napoli brushed Chievo aside 3-1 to secure a sixth Serie A win in seven matches and bounce back from their Champions League setback at Real Madrid.

Maurizio Sarri's men were outclassed by the same scoreline in Madrid on Wednesday, though it was they who cruised in Verona, making light work of their hosts to move back to within nine points of Juventus at the summit.

Chievo kept Napoli at bay for 31 minutes before Lorenzo Insigne curled a sumptuous 20-yard effort beyond the helpless Stefano Sorrentino.

Ronaldo sets personal best for Real Madrid assists in Champions League

The 32-year-old forward set up Toni Kroos for the holders' second in their 3-1 last-16 first-leg win over Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Ronaldo, who showed brilliant skill and a turn of pace to skip beyond Kalidou Koulibaly before teeing up Kroos, has now managed five assists in eight appearances in the 2016-17 competition - a personal record in his time at the club.

Real Madrid sweep aside Napoli 3-1

Goals from Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos and Casemiro gave the holders an important advantage to take back to Italy after Lorenzo Insigne's sensational opening goal had put Napoli ahead.

Zinedine Zidane had urged his side to keep a clean sheet to give them the best possible chance of going through, but those hopes were dashed after only eight minutes when Insigne embarrassed goalkeeper Keylor Navas with a stunning first-time effort from distance.

Madrid ready to retain Champions League title - Zidane

"We know how tough this competition is. If you put in a good performance in one game of a tie, that doesn't mean you'll go on to win the competition. You have to take it one step at a time, one game at a time, because every team in the Champions League wants to win the title. It's a very tough, long journey. We are on the right path, we have almost a fully fit squad. That makes my job harder in choosing the team. But we are ready and the Champions League is in our grasp once again."

Modric: Thank God Maradona is not playing

Luka Modric is glad Real Madrid's Champions League clash with Napoli is happening in 2017 and not 1987 so he does not have to face Diego Maradona.

The first leg of their last-16 tie takes place at Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, when the holders will seek to use home advantage to get ahead before their trip to Naples.

In their only previous meeting in the competition Madrid progressed 3-1 on aggregate over the then Serie A champions in 1987-88, with Maradona playing in both matches.

Bale makes early return to training

Wales star Bale has been out of action since Madrid's 2-1 win over Sporting CP in the Champions League group stage in November, when he suffered ankle tendon damage that required surgery.

The club's official Twitter account posted a picture of Bale training with the first-team group ahead of the club's Champions League last-16 clash against Napoli on Wednesday, despite head coach Zinedine Zidane previously targeting a return for Bale in the second leg of that tie.

Bale has scored twice in his five Champions League appearances this season.

Morata warns Madrid of Napoli threat

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has warned his team-mates of the threat posed by Napoli as the two clubs prepare to meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Santiago Bernabeu is braced for the return of European football after a two-month break, during which time Madrid have been knocked out of the Copa del Rey but retained their place at the top of LaLiga.

Zidane eyes possible Bale return at Napoli

Wales star Bale has been out since suffering ankle tendon damage that required surgery during a 2-1 win at Sporting CP in the group stage.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's LaLiga match with bottom club Osasuna, Zidane was tentatively upbeat over the prospects of the 27-year-old forward featuring amid the typically daunting atmosphere at Stadio San Paolo next month.

"I think it's March 7 when we play Napoli. Hopefully, it would be great news if he could be back," Zidane said.