Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain: Live stream Champions League football online or watch on TV with BT Sport
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Two of the giants of European football clash when Real Madrid host Paris Saint-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday night, with the game, exclusively live on BT Sport.
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Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain – Match preview
The inexplicable continues to unravel in Madrid.
Club legend Zinedine Zidane has lifted consecutive Champions Leagues as manager for Los Blancos and also guided Real Madrid to win the La Liga title for the first time since 2012.
However, since a trophy-laden 2017, the pressure continues to mount on Zidane as his ‘Galactico’ squad continues to falter.
Just 12 wins out of 22 La Liga matches keeps Real fourth in La Liga and 17 points off the pace of leaders Barcelona.
It’s been a turbulent campaign thus far, but Brazilian full-back Marcelo vehemently defends Zidane’s tenure and is adamant his team-mates can turn it on for the blockbuster battle with Paris Saint-Germain.
“We don’t need to prove anything. It’s going to be a wonderful game. The boss has helped us a lot, he carries on doing so and he’s a brilliant coach,” said Marcelo.
“We’re not where we want to be right now but he’s done so much for this side and he’s working to get things back to the way they were. We believe in him and his work.”
It’s a bizarre twist of fortunes, considering it’s largely the same squad and set-up that triumphed over Juventus in the final last campaign.
Another problem for Zidane is that talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo is not at his usual devastating best, whilst his support of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema continue to labor with injuries and wavering form.
In stark contrast, PSG’s mesmerizing front trio of Neymar (25), Kylian Mbappe (13) and Edinson Cavani (27) continues to fire in a gluttony of goals.
The defending champions top Ligue 1 and will be buoyant about targeting the shaky Madrid defense, but former Madrid favorite Angel di Maria expects a backlash from his former club.
“Real Madrid is a great team, and they always stand up to be counted in the Champions League. It’s a completely different competition to the league. When the Champions League anthem is played, players surpass themselves and give their all. It’s the same for us too, of course,” the Argentine told PSG’s website.
“Even if Real aren’t particularly playing well in La Liga, they will give their all to beat us at their place, in front of their fans. It won’t be an easy match.”
Di Maria will be eager to pass on that sentiment to his Parisian team-mates, that the 12-time champions are a completely different proposition in European competition.
Saturday’s 5-2 demolition of Real Sociedad showed glimpses of Madrid’s all-conquering best, but they’ll need to be on high alert and tactically astute to keep the piercing PSG attack at bay.
The Santiago Bernabeu crowd can be an unforgiving arena, even for the hosts. If Zidane’s men endure a sluggish start, PSG will be ready to pounce.
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain – Team news
There are no major obvious absences for these star-studded squads.
Madrid full-back Carvajal is suspended for the clash on home soil, whilst PSG stalwart Thiago Motta is still working his way back to full fitness.
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain – Key stats
The head-to-head record between Real Madrid and Paris SG is perfectly balanced with two wins each and two draws in all competitions.
Paris SG has eliminated Real Madrid in their two previous knockout encounters (1992/93 UEFA Cup, 1993/94 Cup Winners Cup), both times in the quarter-finals.
However, their only previous encounters in the Champions League saw Real Madrid win one and draw one in the 2015/16 group stages, with Real keeping clean sheets in both
Under Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid has won 10 of their 14 Champions League knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons. As part of this run, they’ve won
all six of their games at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid is playing in the Champions League for the 21st consecutive season, the longest run in the history of the competition. They have always reached the knockout stages in that period.
Real Madrid has reached the semi-finals in each of the last seven Champions League campaigns, also a record run in the history of the competition.
Last season, Real Madrid became the first team since Inter Milan in 2010 to win the Champions League after having finished second in their group. Real Madrid has won the European Cup/Champions League on 12 occasions – including three of the last four – more than any other team in history. In fact, they’ve won each of their last six finals in the competition.
Meanwhile, Paris SG hasn’t progressed further than the quarter-finals in the last five Champions League seasons. Their best performance to date is a semi-final in 1994/95 when they were eliminated by AC Milan.
Paris SG has lost four of their last six away games in the Champions League knockout stages, winning one (2-1 v Chelsea in March 2016) and drawing one.
Paris SG scored 25 goals in this season’s group stages, a record in the group phase of the competition.
Top scorer in the history of the Champions League (114 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 19 goals in his last 11 games in the competition, including in every single game this season.
If he plays, this will be Gareth Bale’s 50th Champions League game. He’d become the second
Welsh player to reach that landmark after Ryan Giggs (141 games).
Real Madrid v Paris Saint-Germain – Match odds
Real Madrid – 13/10
Draw – 5/2
Paris Saint-Germain – 19/10
All odds from William Hill and correct at time of writing.
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