PSG vs Real Madrid: Team Updates & Predictions Ahead of Tonight's Champions League Clash
The next slate of UEFA Champions League action kickoffs tonight at Parc des Princes stadium, returning for the last round of 16 knockout stages.
So many scenarios can play out from this spectacular tie between Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid. Tonight's first-leg match for both of these European giants is as important as their hopes of appearing at the finals.
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Log Leaders Lock Horns For European Title
Both of these teams are currently first in their respective leagues: Real Madrid is in the lead of La Liga by just 4 points, and PSG has a 16 point lead in the Ligue 1.
If there's one thing Madrid has taught us as the most successful (13-times) Champions League winners is to never underestimate them. However, despite their last finals appearance dating back to 2018, a lot of significant squad shape-ups have also happened for PSG. This has created a new quality of standard for the club.
Key Strikers Fighting For A Place in Goalscorers Sheet
Karim Benzema and Neymar are key players for the evening representing as oppositions, leaving a lot of questions unanswered due to injuries forcing them out. In any event, the feeling of defeating Madrid hasn't gotten old for Lionel Messi, the recent Ballon d'Or winner, who will be looking for blood since he hasn’t scored in the last 7 El Classicos.
Magic can be expected anytime out of either of these teams. Kylian Mbappe has been proving that he is unstoppable–the lethal striker has been involved in 11 out of the 13 goals scored by PSG in the Champions League.
Aggregate Score Aims
If the last 14 wins in 16 games out of all competitions domestically is anything to go by, PSG's home-ground advantage tonight might boost up their aggregate score ahead of the 2nd Leg. Another downside back at the ranch is Sergio Ramos' calf injury, which will rob us of the opportunity to see him go against his former Club.
Both teams in this tie are left with no option but to show urgency and strength in attacking. Its going to take more than big player selections for coaches Carlo Ancelotti and Mauricio Pochettino to secure a quarter-final place–their teams will have to produce, and fight hard for the victory.