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Real Madrid vs PSG

Real Madrid vs PSG

"He's a quality player but we don't want to see a duel between Cristiano and Neymar, we want to see Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain". "He still has a lot of things to achieve with us", PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Canal Plus.

But PSG, runaway leaders in Ligue 1, have Neymar in their ranks and the Brazilian, alongside the lethal Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe, would love to get one over on Barcelona's fierce old foes.

The French generally names 18 or 19 players for matches, but having used this formula with success in the last two European finals against Atletico and Juventus he has named a full squad to show team unity. "Any fan would like to have Neymar in their team".

"I don't feel any particular pressure", a relaxed Zidane said at a press conference at Real's Valdebebas training complex yesterday.

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

A former victor of the Champions League back in 2015, he did so alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, both of whom helped take pressure off the shoulders of the Brazilian.

Casemiro's strength and positioning would also be an asset, although he is a walking yellow card, but we want to crowbar former Madrid man Angel Di Maria into the XI and this is where he is going to fit - adding more creativity to the team.

Things haven't gone well for Real Madrid this season.

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Zidane believes Wednesday's encounter will be far more than Cristiano Ronaldo versus Neymar however - and insisted there is no comparison between the two global superstars.

With the help of Opta, we crunch the numbers ahead of the first legs of two fascinating ties.

In the world of club football, Real have always stood alone in terms of sporting achievements as record 12-time European champions, but in recent years they have also dominated financially.

Marcelo will be coming up against his global team-mate Neymar, who he claimed ahead of the game in an interview with Brazilian television would "one day play for Real Madrid". However, a small area such as the mentality of the teams could be the difference in a tightly contested tie.

Ronaldo said: "We know that Portugal are not favourites in the World Cup".

"It will be different when it comes to expectations, and the kind of game we will play".

Paris have of course been in Spain since that game in 2015, and will never forget the 6-1 humiliation they suffered in Barcelona at the same stage of last year's Champions League.

"Playing against PSG as someone from Marseille, there has always been a rivalry there, but I'm not going to think about that".


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