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Published: 0406 GMT February 13, 2018

Real, PSG to take center stage at CL

Real, PSG to take center stage at CL

The most eye-catching of the eight ties at the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League sees Europe's most successful team Real Madrid against another looking to create a legacy of its own in Paris Saint-Germain tonight.

Unai Emery's PSG, which threw away a 4-0 first-leg lead against Barcelona at this stage last year, is once again running away with the top flight in France, the Daily Mail reported.

The French side is 12 points clear in Ligue 1 and has added both Neymar and Kylian Mbappe to its attacking ranks since that Nou Camp humiliation.

Ligue 1 leader possesses few weaknesses on paper. But in the seven years since its money-spinning Qatari takeover, the French giant is still yet to go beyond the quarterfinals.

Madrid, meanwhile, is seeking a third successive European triumph under Zinedine Zidane.

Real’s European pedigree is unrivalled but the wheels have rather come off at the Bernabeu this season.

The Spanish giant sits fourth in La Liga, 17 point off leader Barcelona.

In Europe, too, Los Blancos have stumbled. The 12-time Champion was forced to settle for second in Group H following Tottenham.

But with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Co. in the ranks, Real still has more than enough power in its arsenal to beat any team.


‘Nothing to prove’


Zidane claimed he has nothing to prove when his team faces PSG tonight and said that it doesn't bother him what people say about him.

Real's poor form this season means that its chances of further silverware depends on how the La Liga champion does in the Champions League, Marca reported.

"We are not going to change what people think of us, I will try and work which is my passion, I will try to put across a lot of things and the rest I cannot control," said Zidane.

"I don't have to show anything tomorrow, all I can do is focus on the game and that is what is important for me right now, not what people will say about me.”

Zidane denied that the team is under extra pressure.

"I am very happy to play this type of game and there is no extra pressure," he explained.

"We have prepared this week the same as ever. There is always some pressure but it is the same as ever.

"This is not a final, they are two Champions League games, and what bothers me is to play good football. With the team that we have then we can do well and I am not thinking about what can happen in the future."

Zidane also gave nothing away about whether he will field his regular BBC in attack and tried to play down talk of the game being a showdown between Neymar and Ronaldo.

"We are talking about two great players but this is between Madrid and PSG and not Neymar against Cristiano," explained Zidane.

"Cristiano has achieved remarkable things with five Ballon d'Or and I am not going to compare them now. Everyone knows about Neymar on the pitch, they both have a lot of quality and can make a difference.

"What is important for me is that the team is focused on the game. We will see what happens tomorrow and how we start. It is not important who plays but how we get on in the game."

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