'I used to support Madrid as a child and Zidane was my idol' - Napoli's Zielinski excited for Real clash

ShareClose Comments
The Polish midfielder has dropped a bombshell ahead of the game between the two sides, admitting he was a huge fan of Los Blancos

Ahead of their Champions League round of 16 clash, Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski has revealed that he Real Madrid were his childhood club.

The Serie A side travel to Santiago Bernabeu to take on Madrid on Wednesday, with the Poland international admitting he was a huge fan of former Real midfielder and current manager Zinedine Zidane.

WATCH: Cavani scores sublime volley

The 22-year-old is looking forward to meeting his "idol", but claims that any childhood memories will be forgotten once the game kicks off.

“Napoli can beat Real Madrid because we too are a big club with many champions," Zielinksi told Sky Sports Italia.

"I'll be honest, I used to support Real Madrid as a child and Zidane was my idol. It'll be an honour to meet him, but that's not the issue.

“Napoli want to win and we are going there to play our game. I don't care what they do, it's all about what we can do. It'll be a dream, my first time at the Bernabeu, but once I'm on the pitch, I won't think about it anymore."

Team-mate Marek Hamsik revealed that Napoli will not be playing any differently against Real Madrid, and want to put in a strong Champions League performance for their fans.

The Slovakia international admitted that despite the strength of Zidane's side, the club's aim is to play to their own strengths and please the travelling supporters.

Conte & Chelsea could struggle in CL

“We are facing one of the best teams in the world and the number of trophies they’ve won says it all,” said Hamsik, reports Football Italia.

“However, we are just looking at this single Champions League tie that we’re going into. We want to play our style of football and to delight our fans.”

Next article:
Messi the greatest ever despite no World Cup win, insists Di Maria
Next article:
MLS transaction tracker: All of the latest trades and transfers across the league
Next article:
Why misunderstood Walcott deserves praise for Arsenal career
Next article:
ISL 2017-18: Kerala Blasters coach David James rues early goal, praises 'magnificent' effort
Next article:
Hamburg's Walace still optimistic about Flamengo loan