UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid-Paris – Real Madrid v Paris: line-ups, Fantasy tips, form guide
Reporter’s view: As Zinédine Zidane said in his press conference, Real Madrid live for nights like these. For once, they are not necessarily overwhelming favourites, but they have the know-how to get through. All eyes will be on Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, but the key to this game will be in midfield; if Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos and Casemiro are on top form, the Merengues will fancy their chances.
Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema
Out: Carvajal (suspended), Vallejo (hamstring)
Doubtful: Ceballos (ankle)
- Added to squad since group stage: none
Paris: Areola; Dani Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Berchiche; Verratti, Diarra, Rabiot; Mbappé, Cavani, Neymar
Out: Motta (fitness)
Doubtful: Kurzawa (thigh)
- Added to squad since group stage: Lassana Diarra
Fantasy Football top point scorers
Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo, forward (50 points, €12.4m)
Paris: Layvin Kurzawa, defender (51 points, €6.1m)
Where to watch
Real Madrid 5-2 Real Sociedad
Toulouse 0-1 Paris
*All competitions, most recent first
Zinédine Zidane, Madrid coach
The fact that it’s a French side makes no difference to me. I am just thinking about us playing a good game. Yes, I’m from Marseille and Paris have always been our rivals but this is Madrid, so I’m not thinking about that. We are happy to play games like these – it’s not pressure. We live for these games. Fans want to see a great game and nothing else.
Unai Emery, Paris coach
We want to continue to grow and playing a knockout game against the European champions, the 12-time champions, is an opportunity to show where we are and where we want to get to. Every time is a good time to play against a big side and w’re playing the reigning champions. It doesn’t come bigger than that.