Why signing Neymar won't mean anything till PSG win Champions League

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Marcelo will be coming up against his global teammate Neymar, who he claimed ahead of the game in an interview with Brazilian television would "one day play for Real Madrid".

Madrid have stumbled badly in their defence of LaLiga, not helped by the disappointing form of Ronaldo, and sit 17 points behind Barca, having also been knocked out of the Copa del Rey by Leganes.

"I want to play for Central because I love the club", Di Maria said.

Madrid's hierarchy and fanbase are similarly unforgiving and, with three weeks between the two legs, it would be no surprise to see Los Blancos look to another coach to turn the tie around in Paris.

The Brazilian superstar has seamlessly adapted to life at PSG following his summer move from Barcelona. As for Mbappe, he has racked up 15 goals and 14 assists.

Defensively, however, he was caught out of position on several occasions, especially during Spurs' 3-1 win at Wembley.

Previously, the former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo also endorsed the idea that Neymar would fit well into the jigsaw puzzle at the Santiago Bernabeu.

If Bale starts, however, it'll be intriguing to see if he lasts the full 90 minutes.

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But he insists there will be no time for such sentiments as his team-mates seek to derail PSG's all-star attack of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

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).

If Real can sustain another Champions League challenge and Portugal go deep into World Cup competition, then expect Ronaldo to be there or thereabouts again when the Goal 50 returns at the end of the calendar year.

Recent signing Lassana Diarra is expected to come into the PSG line-up against the club he represented between 2009 and 2012.

4 - PSG have lost four of their last six away games in the Champions League knockout stages, winning one (2-1 v Chelsea in March 2016) and drawing one.

The nine goals Ronaldo scored in the group stages is a Champions League record. I'm very happy about playing these types of games, today there's no pressure in particular, we've prepared the game in the same way we always do.

Only Sevilla's Ever Banega (613) has completed more passes in the competition this season than Verratti (541).

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