Real Madrid hoping to thrive on big occasion against Neymar's PSG

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

Real Madrid have the highest pass accuracy of any side in the Champions League this season, Los Blancos have completed 89.6 percent of their passes.

The second leg will be in Paris on March 6.

According to the Daily Mail, Neymar also had three swallows tattooed behind his left ear to symbolise "honour, respect, courage, freedom, dignity and trust".

Real Madrid hosted Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night at the UEFA Champions League round 16 first leg at Madrid's historic stadium, Santiago Bernabeu. Only yesterday a Madrid supporting friend of mine commented that in the past week alone we've seen the Brazilian celebrating his birthday with a massive party and posing in the snow in just his underpants.all this on the eve of a massive Champions League tie.

"He lives and breathes goals", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said of Ronaldo, underscoring the 33-year-old Portuguese forward's enduring influence on the team. Is there room for Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Edinson Cavani in the same team?

"(Neymar and Ronaldo) are both quick, very strong one-on-one, they play quickly and put a lot of intensity into their games", said PSG winger Angel Di Maria, a Champions League victor alongside Ronaldo at Madrid in 2014.

Ronaldo thinks that Isco is slowing down the tempo of the game by taking too many touches.

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For completely different reasons, the Champions League will define both of these teams' seasons.

PSG come up against a Madrid side that have been unable to live up to their own lofty expectations this season, including sitting 17 points behind Barcelona in LaLiga.

"Yes, I'm from Marseille and Paris have always been our rivals but this is Madrid, so I'm not thinking about that". This time, Sebastien Rudy started at full-back and aimed to get tight to Neymar, but still failed to really get near him - being dribbled past on three occasions and failed to register a successful tackle all game. PSG must overcome what happened last season - first psychologically and then on the pitch, upon which they chose not to train. The fact that it's a French side makes no difference to me.

"We know we are going to have to be at our best over the two games- but we are ready for the challenge".

In this segment, we will take a look at the five key battles from Real Madrid's clash against PSG which most probably will decide the outcome of the match.

It is always Luka Modric, Tony Kroos and Casemiro who usually play in Real's midfield, but the latter is sidelined due to injury and therefore a doubt for the game.

"I'm not thinking about my future, I'm just focused on tomorrow's game".

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