Zidane's moves key to Madrid getting edge over PSG


PSG will hope to turn the tie around when they host Real at the Parc des Princes in the return on March 6.

The tie is far from over with the undoubted quality PSG have but Real's experience and big-game prowess should see them finish the Parisians off.

PSG dominated on certain phases of the game against Madrid and even took the lead with Rabiot's goal. The Portuguese smashed home from the penalty spot after Giovani Lo Celso had dragged down Toni Kroos, as the teams went in level at the break. "We started by producing the sort of performance that we needed to".

Such is Perez's desire to bring Neymar - who cost PSG a world record €222m (£198m) last summer according to BBC Sport - to Real that he is willing to offer Cristiano Ronaldo to the Ligue 1 leaders, the report states.

"This club has 12 Champions Leagues, and there is a reason for that", Zidane said. They recovered balls, as they did for the third goal, kept running into space and, as we saw with Asensio, he created chances. They had earlier taken the lead and, while Neymar was fortunate to stay on the pitch following a second-half dive, they really should have left Madrid with more than a solitary away goal.

PSG are in danger of exiting the Champions League in the first knockout round for the second successive season.

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"I think it's hard (to progress to the quarter finals), but nothing is impossible".

The first-leg loss put PSG on the back foot in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie, and Neymar took plenty of blame for the defeat, being accused of not being a team player by former Brazil worldwide Walter Casagrande on Redacao SporTV (via ESPN FC). Marcelo, who was the star of the first half with his blood-curdling screams and insane passes, added one more goal late to give Los Blancos a bit of a cushion heading to the return leg. We played 90 stunning minutes against a top rival.

A breakaway nearly saw PSG score their second though as Mbappe, who had been picked out by Neymar, brought a smart save from Navas.

But Al-Khelaifi was not in the mood for questions about Real Madrid's interest in the Brazilian, responding: "Of course, 100 per cent Neymar will be a PSG player next year".

"We have to be happy with what we did against a very good side who can make things hard for you". You could say the game was decided by the small details, the referee didn't help us.

In the meantime, Madrid goes to Real Betis on Sunday, when it will seek to avenge a loss to the Andalusian club at the Santiago Bernabeu in September.