Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Cavani expecting red-hot Ronaldo in Champions League showdown

Cavani expecting red-hot Ronaldo in Champions League showdown

Last season he netted ten times in the knockout stages, which included hat-tricks in the quarter and semi finals and a brace in the final victory against Juventus.

The Frenchman became the first coach in the Champions League era to successfully defend the trophy last season and also led Real to the La Liga title.

The tie is a special one for the Marseille-born Zidane, as he faces a French club for the first time since being appointed manager in January 2016.

Previously, the former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo also endorsed the idea that Neymar would fit well into the jigsaw puzzle at the Santiago Bernabeu. We are talking about a player (Ronaldo) who has done extraordinary things, won five Ballons d´Or, scored 500 goals.

Di Maria spent four seasons at Madrid after arriving from Benfica in 2010, but with his position covered by the signings of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, he was sold to Manchester United just months after being named man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final victory.

"He's a great coach, it's true we're not in the situation we want to be but he's doing everything to get us back to where we were".

The last time the sides met at the 81,000-seat Santiago Bernabeu was in the 2015/16 group stage, with Nacho scoring the hosts´ victor.

Cristiano Ronaldo has called on Real Madrid fans to show their "Unconditional Support" in a video message on Twitter ahead of their heavyweight clash with PSG in the Champions League.

John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead lyricist, dead at 70
Barlow's interest in protecting internet freedom stemmed from his involvement with one of the earliest online forums, The Well. Yesterday, John Perry Barlow died in his sleep after a tumultuous three years of health issues following a 2015 heart attack.

Hakimi featured in Real's Champions League group games against Tottenham and proved himself a willing runner on the right flank. "Any fan would like to have Neymar in their team", he added on Tuesday.

"Perhaps our preparation began with that match".

He said in a video posted on Real Madrid's Twitter account: "On Wednesday we have a very important match against a great team". They won't want us to score and the away team usually waits for the counter-attack.

However, one of the Qatar-owned club´s most experienced players, Thiago Motta, was left out of the squad by coach Unai Emery.

Neymar will not be the first Brazilian to join Real Madrid after having donned the colours of the arch-rival.

PSG travelled without veteran midfielder Thiago Motta, meaning recent signing Lassana Diarra is tipped to start against his old club.

This is perhaps the most highly-anticipated tie of the round of 16.

Like this: