Worldwide waiting for this match!
Even when the draw for the Champions League semi-finals was withdrawn, fans and specialists agreed that the icing on the cake at this stage of the tournament would be the clash between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain. The Royal Club is ambitious to win the trophy for the third time in a row, and Parisians will do their utmost to erase the memory of last year’s nightmare against Barcelona and prove they are among the best on the old continent not only in words.
Real has long been releasing the title in Spain, and has also dropped out of the King’s Cup, so it is more than clear that the “white” will direct all his efforts to the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane is aware that a failure against PSG will mean an end to his coaching career at Santiago Bernabeu. The legendary Frenchman has already proven he can work under pressure, but the momentary form has led many to favor PSG.
After several weak games that dramatically increased the lag behind Barcelona, Real defeated Real Sociedad over the weekend and scored 5 goals in the Real Sociedad’s goal. Cristiano Ronaldo puts on a hat-trick and will be the biggest threat to the guests door this evening. Gareth Bale and Madrid-winning player Karim Benzema will complement the offensive trio of the European club champion. Right-back Daniel Carvahal is punished and will be replaced by Nacho Fernandez. Casemiro missed the match with Real Sociedad, but will return to the title and will partner with Tony Kroos and Luka Modrich in the middle of the field.
PSG has fun in League One and has gained a strong lead over its pursuers, but the huge sums thrown to attract Neimar and Mabé can only be justified with success in Europe. The only problem facing Unani Emery is the injury of Tiago Mota, but this season the former Sevilla mentor relies more and more on Giovanni Lo Selso and the Argentine does not disappoint him. He will work in the midfield, along with Marco Verratti and Adrienne Rabio. The attack will be the stars Neimar, Babe and Cavani. The Uruguayan did not play against Toulouse a few days ago but will be in line tonight. Despite his brilliant form from the beginning of the year, Angel di Maria will sit on the bench against his former team.
Parisians are confident of their strength and will try to end the series of 17 consecutive games without losing Real’s in the Champions League. Whether they will succeed, or the “white ballet” will again show why this is his tournament, we will find out tonight.
REAL M (4-3-3): K. Navas; N. Fernandes, R. Varan, S. Ramos, Marcello; L. Modrich, Kazemiro, T. Kroos; G. Bale, K. Benzema, K. Ronaldo
Senior coach: Z. Zidan
PSG (4-3-3): A. Areola; D. Alves, Markinyos, T. Silva, L. Kurzava; M. Verati, J. Lo Selso; A. Rabio; K. Babe, E. Cavani, Neimar
Senior Coach: Y. Emery