“Real Madrid are the Champions League’s most historic team, but we’re ready to give all we’ve got against a top opponent.” Giovanni Di Lorenzo appeared at Napoli’s pre-match press conference alongside coach Rudi Garcia and assessed his side’s upcoming match.
“Both sides will have to keep it tight. We know that we’re up against an amazing team, but we’re playing at home with the backing of our fans. They’ll give us a real boost. We’re ready and know that this will be a thrilling occasion.”
Will Jude Bellingham be given special treatment?
"He’s a top player who’s settled really well into life at Real Madrid. He’s already such a difference-maker. However it’s not like we’ve only got one player to worry about – the whole team is class. We need to do well to shut them out but also try to express ourselves.”
What’s Victor Osimhen’s mood like?
“Nothing has changed with Victor. He always gives his all, he’s willing and able, and he’s one of the team’s focal points. He’s a top player who plays a big role in us winning games.”
Have we seen the return of last season’s Napoli over the course of the last week?
“It winds me up a bit that people keep talking about the Napoli of last season. We need to look forward and keep improving. We’ve got a long season ahead of us and we’re totally focused on our Champions League campaign.
“We need to be both brave and brazen in tomorrow’s game. When you face such a great team you need to show character and we’ve got to bring the right mentality to such a match.
“Our first aim is to make the next round of the Champions League. We know that small details count for a lot in such competitions, but we’re confident that we’ve got what it takes to go far in this competition.”