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Champions League: for PSG, it could not be worse in the 8th finals!

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – CHRISTOPHE SIMON – | PSG winner of Bayern in the group stage including goals
from Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, on September 27, 2017 at Parc des

It will be a great shock, but also a challenge for the Paris
SG: the drawing draw for the knockout stages of the Champions
League has designated him as an opponent Real Madrid, double
title holder and feared throughout Europe.

Paris will have the advantage of receiving for the return
match on March 6, he who dreams of winning the Champions League
but who was dizzy during his previous trip to Spain, the side
of Barcelona for the eighth finals of the previous season.
Winner 4-0 in the first leg at the Parc des Princes, PSG was
beaten and eliminated 6-1 …

. ‘Zizou’, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos …

The players of Unai Emery, who will therefore play the first
leg on February 14 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, could not
imagine worse opponent: the biggest club in Europe in history,
and who remains on two C1 won successively, the 11 and 12th in
its history – absolute record.

Real Madrid is also a successful coach, Zinedine Zidane, a
full complement and balanced in quality, mixing experienced
barkers like Sergio Ramos, world-class players like Toni Kroos
or Luka Modric, and of course Cristiano Ronaldo, came to Paris
last Thursday to seek the fifth Golden Ball of his career
(2008, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017). Former Madrid runner Michael
Owen, Ballon d’Or 2001, is convinced: “PSG does not have the
experience yet to beat an opponent like this.”

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JAVIER SORIANO – | Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo scored his team’s
second goal against Borussia Dortmund in Bernabeu on 6 December

And, as Real has fallen on PSG, most of the title contenders
face teams with a more modest pedigree: Bayern Munich, who
finished second behind Paris, will go to the Besiktas Turks on
the return, Manchester United will face the Sevilla FC,
Manchester City Basel Switzerland, Juventus Turin, finalist
last season, will challenge Tottenham. Only FC Barcelona have
not been spoiled with English Premier League defending champion

The last two round of 16 will pit Porto against Liverpool
and Shakhtar Donetsk on AS Roma. All will compete from 13 to 21
February for the first leg matches and from 6 to 14 March for
the return matches.

. Mbappé, also followed by Real

Ⓒ AFP – Paz PIZARRO – | The matches of the 8th finals of the Champions

PSG, which has spent more than 400 million euros on the
transfer market this summer to attract the talented Neymar and
Kylian Mbappé – a player that Real Madrid president Florentino
Perez would have liked to recruit – has some arguments to

His two arrows of the summer mercato, the experience of
former Blaugrana Dani Alves, the young Adrien Rabiot or Marco
Verratti … Emilio Butragueno, former star of Real Madrid and
now director of institutional affairs Merengue Club, and
explained that the Madrilenians “would have liked to meet the
PSG later” in the competition, the microphone of beIN

But if this eighth opposes “two teams who want to win the
title”, only one of the two did however, the Real. Bayern
Munich have recently been dismissed by Bayern Munich, which
eclipsed it 3-1 in Bavaria the week before the draw, much to
the displeasure of PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi.

. ‘The football center’

“We did not show our level”, had plagued the strong man of
the PSG, added, premonitory: “In the next round we will perhaps
play against a big team”.

Emery, despite the defeat in Bavaria, assures that his team
is “very good” now, and that “it will be perfect when the
playoff comes”.

Asked Monday on beIN Sports, the former Parisian Maxwell
player, now PSG sports coordinator, evokes a “great challenge
for PSG”, with the advantage of a “return home match that could
decide the elimination of Real Madrid”. After all, PSG has not
lost in the Champions League at the Parc des Princes since
April 2015 and the reception of another Spanish giant, FC

This season, he has even taken only
one goal in three home league games against Celtic Glasgow
(7-1) in scoring 25. And Real Madrid has had some failures this
season, even finishing second of his Champions League Pool
behind Tottenham. In any case, the double confrontation will
be, as Emery said on beIN Sports, “the center of football in
the world when the match arrives”.

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