◼️ The Zinedine Zidane squad relies on the 3-1 achieved in the first leg when faced against those of Unai Emery, who suffer from the Neymar Jr absence.
The second leg of the Champions League clash will be played on Tuesday at the Parc des Princes. In this scenario, Real Madrid will try to hold the 3-1 victory achieved at the Santiago Bernabéu in their eagerness to get the mighty Paris Saint-Germain out of the way, who arrives to this game with the sensitive loss of Neymar Jr.
The French team invested some 400 million euros during the transfer market of mid-2017 and was armed in search of the title in the maximum European event. However, the former Barcelona forward, for whom they paid the most, will have three months of recovery. That is why all will be based on the speed and risk that Kylian Mbappé can propose, Edinson Cavani’s goalscoring ability and the sweet moment that the Argentine Ángel Di María has been living.
On the visiting side will be the current two-time champion of the competition, who despite living a pale first semester managed to improve their playing version and, as proof of this, achieved a valuable victory in the first leg against Unai Emery. With the return of Marcelo – key defensive and offensive face – after a physical discomfort and Dani Carvajal after the suspension for the first shock, the merengue team strengthens its wings. In addition, they will try to hit with their speedy countercoups and take advantage of the efficiency in the competition of his star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored twice in Spain.
Other information provided by Opta:
-Only 33% of the teams that lost 3-1 in a first leg of the Champions League eliminations went on to the next round (four of 12), including three of the last four.
-PSG eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous matches in European qualifiers (UEFA Cup 92/93 and Recopa 93/94), both in the quarterfinals.
– The white team is undefeated in its last three meetings with PSG in the Champions League (2 wins and 1 draw) and only conceded one goal in those three games.
-The PSG only lost one of their last 46 home games in European competition (30 wins and 15 draws), 1-3 vs. Barcelona in April 2015.
-Real Madrid is the last team against which PSG was left without scoring in a match for European competition at the Parc des Princes (0-0 in October 2015).
-PSG only won by at least two goals difference in two of their previous 11 Champions League play-offs at the Parc des Princes (3-1 vs. Chelsea in April 2014 and 4-0 vs. Barcelona in February 2017).
-Zinédine Zidane’s team won 11 of their 15 matches in the UCL qualifiers (2 draws and 2 falls) and always won the title (2016 and 2017).
-For its part, PSG didn’t surpass the quarterfinals in any of their last five Champions League appearances. Their best classification was the semifinals of 1995 in which they fell to Milan.
-The coach of the Parisian team, Unai Emery, hasn’t conquer the round of 16 in any of his previous five participations as coach in the Champions League.
Likely starting line-ups:
PSG: Areola; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa; Verratti, Motta, Rabiot; Mbappé, Cavani and Di María.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema.
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