Madrid (AFP) – Title-holders Real Madrid confront Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain in a blockbuster Champions League conflict on Wednesday with the French club expecting to eradicate the agonizing memory of their crumple last time they came to Spain.
Impelled by the wealth of their Qatari proprietors, PSG dream of emulating Real’s example and getting to be rulers of Europe, a year after their mortifying way out in the last 16 on account of Barcelona.
On that event, having won 4-0 in the principal leg, PSG fallen in the arrival at the Camp Nou, going down 6-1.
“This is a shot for us to continue developing as a club by playing against the authoritative champions and the group that has won the most titles. We need to get to that level,” said PSG’s Spanish mentor Unai Emery in front of Wednesday’s last 16, first leg at the 81,000-situate Santiago Bernabeu, which commences at 1945 GMT.
Emery said his side — will’s identity sponsored by 4,000 fans in the Spanish capital — had learnt from that annihilation a year prior and are “better arranged at this point”.
The weight on him is monstrous, with PSG’s proprietors far-fetched to look merciful on a moment back to back exit at this phase of the Champions League given the degree of their venture toward the beginning of this season.
The mastermind of Barcelona:
The genius of Barcelona’s staggering rebound that night, Neymar, is presently a PSG player, having taken a toll the French club a world-record expense of 222 million euros ($264 million). They additionally dedicated 180 million euros to take 19-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.
“It is difficult to win an opposition like this. We have to experience a great deal of things in transit, yet each season, and consistently that passes by. We are working and getting nearer to our target,” said PSG’s Brazilian safeguard Marquinhos.
History on Real’s side:
On the off chance that local frame is anything to pass by, at that point PSG look fit as a fiddle.
They have won 14 out of 15 amusements since the finish of the Champions League gathering. While Real fumble in fourth place in La Liga, 17 focuses behind pioneers Barcelona.
Similarly as Emery would ill be able to manage the cost of an annihilation more than two legs. The arrival will in Paris on March 6 — so Real mentor Zinedine Zidane’s future likely relies upon the result of the tie.
“I am not contemplating my future. I am just reasoning about the match,” the Frenchman demanded the eve of the amusement.
History is Real’s ally they are the 12-time European champions, victors in every one of the last two seasons.
Cristiano Ronaldo & Neymar:
In Cristiano Ronaldo, Madrid have the current Ballon d’Or and a player. Who has scored 99 times for them in the Champions League. The Portuguese has 43 objectives in his last 43 appearances in the knockout stage.
Neymar, in the interim, is seen by numerous in Madrid as the man Real president Florentino Perez should endeavor to sign to succeed Ronaldo, now 33.
Marcelo, the Real left-back and a universal associate of the Brazilian forward. Said at the end of the week that he could see Neymar one day in the home changing area at the Bernabeu.
Marquinhos, in the interim, demanded Neymar isn’t disrupted by the theory.
“He knows exceptionally well how to control his feelings. He handles the weight and reacts on the field,” he said.
Mbappe is in the spotlight Champions League:
Mbappe is in the spotlight, as well. The youngster is the most youthful player to achieve 10 Champions League objectives. PSG beat Real to his mark last August.
PSG’s front three of Neymar, Mbappe and Edinson Cavani have scored 70 objectives between them. Contrasted with 38 for Real’s ‘BBC’ of Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.
“Neymar is an extraordinary player, yet we need to consider the entire group, the group is more critical,” said Marcelo.
PSG went without veteran midfielder Thiago Motta. Which means late marking Lassana Diarra is tipped to begin against his old club. Without a doubt, Nacho ought to supplant the restricted Dani Caravajal at appropriate back.