Zinedine Zidane

Kroos: I'm not scared of Bayern Munich

The holders dispatched Napoli 6-2 on aggregate to book their place in the last eight for the seventh season in succession.

They will meet Bayern - coached by former Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti - in the tie next month, with the Bundesliga leaders having destroyed Arsenal 10-2 across two legs to keep their hopes of a treble alive.

Bayern have won 11 out of 13 games since the turn of the year and all of their last six, but Kroos - who left the Allianz Arena for Madrid in 2014 - is relishing the meeting.

This is what I live for - Madrid coach Zidane welcomes Champions League reunion with Ancelotti's Bayern

Zidane, a World Cup, European Championship and Champions League winner with France and Madrid, served as Ancelotti's assistant when the Italian guided Los Blancos to their historic 10th European Cup success in 2014.

The apprentice has since taken the reins outright at Santiago Bernabeu, winning the prestigious competition himself last season, while Ancelotti is now in charge at another of the continent's powerhouse clubs.

Zidane lauds Madrid as persistence pays off

Captain Sergio Ramos stepped up to be the hero again for Madrid with his 81st-minute goal in the 2-1 LaLiga victory at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo had cancelled out Betis' 24th-minute opener before the break but the match appeared to be petering out for a draw until Ramos completed another late escape as Madrid returned to the top of the table following Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Deportivo La Coruna.

"My evaluation of the match is very good because we picked up the three points," Zidane said.

Real Madrid 2 Real Betis 1: Ramos late show helps Blancos leapfrog Barcelona

Madrid took advantage of Barcelona's shock loss to Deportivo La Coruna earlier on Sunday by coming from behind to win after it had looked like a dreadful Keylor Navas blunder would cost them dear.

The Santiago Bernabeu was stunned when Navas scored a bizarre own goal as he failed to deal with Antonio Sanabria's shot midway through the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed in his fifth goal in four league matches before the break, but it looked for a long time like Madrid would have to settle for a draw that would have kept them behind Barca.

Luck doesn't exist in football – Zidane adamant Madrid worthy victors

The reigning European champions ultimately cruised into the last eight thanks to goals from Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Morata either side of a Dries Mertens own goal, which was initially credited to the Spain centre-back.

Mertens had put Napoli 1-0 up in a first half which was dominated by the hosts in Italy, and it was put to Zidane that they were lucky to progress in relatively comfortable circumstances in the end.

"I don't think we were lucky," the Frenchman told Mediaset Premium. "Good luck doesn't exist in football.

Real musn't change mentality - Zidane

Zidane is familiar with the cauldron-like atmosphere at San Paolo from his playing days at Juventus and expects a typically high-intensity approach from Maurizio Sarri's side, who are nursing a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.

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.

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."

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.

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.