Febrero 19, 2018

Zidane not worried about future before crunch PSG tie

14 Febrero 2018, 06:36 | Gerardo Tarin

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad. Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno  Getty Images

"We all know what Neymar can do on the pitch".

Neymar is in Champions League action on Wednesday evening when his PSG side visits Real Madrid for the first leg of the last-16 clash between the two sides.

In the summer, PSG committed €400 million on two players as they sought to break through that barrier, including the man who led their destruction at the Camp Nou, but much of the noise in the build-up to this game has been about Neymar departing for Madrid.

"We lost an incredible match but it is just part of the development of the club", PSG striker Edinson Cavani told Spanish sports daily Marca. Alves is a three-time Champions League victor and it is no wonder Pep Guardiola wanted to take him to Manchester City, as his huge personality is a massive boost in the dressing room.

PSG is on a mission to establish itself as a top contender among the European elite.

But Neymar can nearly do and say what he wants, as long as his performances on the field satisfy PSG's Qatari owners after they invested a world-record $264 million to sign him. It has never made it past the semifinals of Europe's top club competition.

The Argentina worldwide was at the Santiago Bernabeu from 2010 to 2014 and won the 2013-14 Champions League in his final season. "The French will be so happy that I play in their Championship that the media will campaign in my favor for the Golden Ball".

"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.

Last season Real became the first team to retain the Champions League and won La Liga for the first time since 2012.

"Last season against Barcelona we probably had the best and worst games of the season", PSG defender Marquinhos said. Will we see another Inter Milan shocker like 2010?

The big dilemma is whether he will deploy a 4-3-3 formation with the BBC - Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema - in the attack or if he returns to the 4-4-2 system which helped to beat Juventus 4-1 in the final in Cardiff last May.

However, in the reverse meeting at the Allianz Arena, during which Bayern Munich secured a 3-1 win (albeit after PSG had already topped the group), their tactical approach changed. After an entertaining Champions League group stage, teams are rested up for the back end of the season and looking to make a run to book their place in the final in Kiev. "Taking into account our recent form, playing the first leg in Santiago Bernabéu is the better option for us in order to have the fans behind us and pushing against a very confident PSG side", he said.

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