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Former coach picks two Real Madrid players that can hurt Napoli: “Above the others”

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After their scintillating 3-0 win over Girona, Real Madrid return to action midweek in the UEFA Champions League.

The Galacticos got off to a good start to their European campaign with a win over Union Berlin last month. However, the game was far from simple and required a late winner from Jude Bellingham to seal the three points.

For their second game in the UCL, Real Madrid face the defending Serie A champions Napoli in what will be a very testing fixture.

Legendary player, former manager and current pundit Fabio Capello spoke to the media ahead of the Merengues’ trip to Naples and elaborated on what he expected from the blockbuster clash.

He began with an account of what he saw of Napoli and the challenge they would face midweek, as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“I saw a good team, especially against Udinese and Lecce. The beginning was not exciting, but it lacked fluency. We have to give the new coach time.”

“Tomorrow against Real Madrid it won’t be easy, but in the Champions League anything is possible,” he added, not ruling out a Napoli win.

He then went on to praise the Spanish giants, whom he coached twice across two different stints.

“Real Madrid are legendary. If they win, they have done your duty. There is no other option. There they don’t know what satisfaction is,” he said about the expectation of Los Blancos.

Capelli then elaborated on the two players he felt were the most decisive for Real Madrid and whom Napoli would have to be wary about.

“There are two players who are above the others: Vinicius and Bellingham. Unfortunately for Naples, the Brazilian is available again and will be one of the greatest dangers for the defence of Naples.”

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Real Madrid convinced with 21-year-old loanee’s performances, will count on him next season

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Real Madrid are eager to enhance their options in central defense after deciding to not sign any defenders in the recent January transfer window.

Several players are on the club’s radar, with Lille’s promising center-back Leny Yoro most notably high on the club’s wishlist.

However, the Merengues are not turning a blind eye to their homegrown academy gems, as Rafa Marin is making a strong case for himself to join the first team dynamics next summer.

Rafa Marin strengthens his case

The 21-year-old is presently on loan at Alaves and is showcasing solid performances in the heart of defense, with Real Madrid reported to count on him next season.

Now, AS have reported that the reason for the club’s trust in Marin is his upsurge in performances at Alaves. And if Nacho Fernandez leaves, Marin will serve as the fourth central defender in the squad.

A testament to his worth to Alaves is the fact that Marin has not been benched since mid-November, demonstrating his importance in coach Luis Garcia Plaza’s defense.

With 2,282 total minutes played, he ranks as the fourth-highest on the team with the most minutes.

Against Atletico Madrid recently, Rafa Marin enjoyed a stellar outing. In addition to making 15 recoveries and 9 interceptions, he took part in 24 defensive actions. Along with winning two ground and four air duels, he only committed one foul.

A stellar performance vs Atletico. (Photo by CESAR MANSO/AFP via Getty Images)

An important summer for Marin

Not only is Rafa Marín returning to Real Madrid, but he is also going to represent Spain in the Olympics in Paris.

Marin was included in five of the six matches during the Euro Under-21 qualifiers because coach Santi Denia of Spain’s under-21 team greatly values his presence and height (1.91 meters).

Marin has a bright future ahead of him if all goes according to plan. His season with Alaves is sure to serve as a stepping stone for his integration into the Real Madrid first team.

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