Monday, 19 March, 2018

Champions League: PSG are no match for holders Real Madrid

The scenes outside the hotel DEPORTES CUATRO TWITTER GETTY TERRIFYING PSG Ultras descended on Real Madrid's team hotel ahead of their match
Melinda Barton | 08 March, 2018, 10:53

They took their spending spree to a whole new level previous year, spending a world-record €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona and committing 180 million euros to sign Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.

Elsewhere, Manchester city will welcome FC Basel at the Etihad stadium in a champions league round of 16 tie where City have a 4-0 advantage from the first leg. Toothless PSG All the talk coming into this match was about how PSG would cope without star man Neymar.

Gareth Bale cuts a frustrated figure at the moment and his actions after Real Madrid secured a place in the quarter-final of the Champions League might just indicate his current state of mind. After already earning a first yellow card earlier in the match, he felt he was fouled and charged at German referee Felix Brych to protest.

Edinson Cavani's fortunate goal brought PSG level, but Real - who hit the post three times in the second half - clinched a deserved victory on the night with a deflected shot from Casemiro.

Real are now into the Champions League quarter-finals for an eighth successive season and remain on course for a third title in a row.

PSG put on a fearless face after that result and despite losing Neymar to injury in the build-up to this return match, the French side united under a positive message: "Together, we will do it". "Obviously we are disappointed to be eliminated in the last 16, even if it was at the hands of the twice defending champions". That they have gone out to Barcelona and then, in Paris on a raucous evening at the Parc des Princes, to the holders Real Madrid is no disgrace. "Maybe tonight PSG weren't so good, but it's also because we played well. We'll try to play the same as we did here against Eibar". "I think we are capable of playing better than we did". However he is only likely to achieve that by winning the Champions League, something he will now have to wait until at last next year to do.

The Reds won by five goals in Portugal two weeks ago meaning last night's second-leg was a formality. We'll continue with patience, and build a team that can win.