Marcelo Fuels Talk of Neymar to Real Madrid Ahead of Champions League

The PSG players go over to their supporters to thank them after the 1-0 victory

The PSG players go over to their supporters to thank them after the 1-0 victory

Reigning champions Real Madrid will entertain Paris Saint-Germain, and Liverpool will be hosted by Porto. This is a game that they must win since it is the home leg of their tie.

But Zidane, who became the first coach in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy previous year while guiding the team to the league title, is not concerned about his position.

"I try to transmit things to my players but I have nothing to prove tomorrow, I just want to play the game, I don't care what people say about me". The two clubs tasted Champions League glory midway through the previous decade but have found success harder to come by since those heady days.

Madrid's +12 goals differential in that period puts it equal with rejuvenated Italian champion Juventus and above the likes of Manchester City (+9), Bayern Munich (+8), PSG (+7) and Barcelona (+6).

It's still early days in the competition yet tonight's game is critical for PSG as they would want to lay down a marker.

Two of the most expensive sides in the world go head to head, and depending on the result, one of the two coaches will not keep his job at the end of the season.

"Last campaign, Neymar was one of Barcelona's best players", he added.

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And Di Maria has since moved on to PSG, after quitting United after just a year at Old Trafford.

Signing world-class players like Neymar and Mbappe will not catapult them in the top tier of European football. For them, it all comes down to what they can do in Europe, where they have enjoyed such success in the past.

If Cavani can occupy the Real centre-backs, likely to be Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, then it will give the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe space to create and threaten.

Lionel Messi, the Barca star and Di Maria's Argentina teammate, has spoken in the past of his desire to play for Newell's before he finishes his career.

Speaking to Esporte Interativo ahead of the crucial Champions League clash, Marcelo made it clear that he believes Neymar will sign for Real Madrid in the future.

Real Madrid have the highest pass accuracy of any side in the Champions League this season, Los Blancos have completed 89.6 percent of their passes.

Real warmed up for the game at the Bernabeu with a 5-2 win against Real Sociedad, Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick.

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