Real Madrid and PSG preapre for decisive Champions League tie

Real Madrid and PSG preapre for decisive Champions League tie

An encounter between the world's most expensive player and the world's best adds an extra layer of intrigue to what is already a mouth-watering match on paper.

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane says he is not anxious about his future at the club. Yet, till they won the Champions League they weren't considered European elite.

The Argentina global was at the Santiago Bernabeu from 2010 to 2014 and won the 2013-14 Champions League in his final season.

And Neymar is hopeful Di Maria can drive them to a crucial first leg lead.

Madrid's hierarchy and fanbase are similarly unforgiving and, with three weeks between the two legs, it would be no surprise to see Los Blancos look to another coach to turn the tie around in Paris.

The Round of 16 clash between defending champions Real Madrid against PSG will kickstart at 1:15 AM IST. "My future does not bother me much just now". But of the last four games Zidane's team has played, it's the other three that should be causing the most concern for PSG.

The Spanish giants host Unai Emery's side in the Champions League last 16, first leg today, but can the Ligue 1 leaders ever expect to match their illustrious opponents off the pitch, never mind on it?

"We have learnt a lot". The Portuguese has 43 goals in his last 43 appearances in the knockout phase.

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Real Madrid are expected to line-up in a 4-3-3 formation which would see the famed BBC - Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo - start in attack.

That was after he gave an interview to Brazilian television saying that his worldwide colleague would one day play for the Spanish giants.

"He knows very well how to control his emotions".

Mbappe is in the spotlight, too.

Reigning European champions Real (647.6 million euros) made nearly 200 million euros more in turnover than PSG (486.2 million) a year ago, according to Deloitte.

On Real Madrid, Di Maria said: "Real Madrid are a great team and they always perform in the Champions League", he said."When the Champions League anthem sounds, the players transform and play at their best."It's a completely different competition than the league".

Neymar has since averaged a goal a game in a PSG shirt, including scoring six times in the group stage of the Champions League. The only right-back available to the reigning champions is Achraf Hakimi.

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