Real Madrid hosts Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 contest at the Bernabeu on Wednesday night, looking to erase a 1-0 deficit from the first leg at the Parc des Princes.
In Paris, only a Kylian Mbappe strike in the dying embers could separate the two sides as both capital heavyweights prepare for another titanic confrontation.
If Kylian Mbappe’s strike proves to be the one that ends Los Blancos’ Champions League aspirations, he may not be warmly received by all in Madrid.
Mbappe wove his way through a sea of white shirts and tapped home neatly past Thibaut Courtois – who had saved Lionel Messi’s penalty earlier in the night – to give PSG the upper hand in the monster of a contest.
Real Madrid’s European pedigree is undeniable, and Ancelotti’s team has responded admirably by winning three La Liga games in a row, including a 4-1 victory against Real Sociedad on Saturday after trailing 1-0 after only 10 minutes.
However, recent history is not on the hosts’ side this week, with Real Madrid being sent packing in the last-16 twice in the last three editions of the Champions League and only progressing from one of their last 10 knockout battles when losing the first leg.
Ancelotti’s side are certainly welcoming PSG to the Bernabeu at a good time, with Los Blancos embarking on a 13-game unbeaten run on home soil since defeat to Sheriff Tiraspol back in September, and Les Parisiens’ did not prepare for the second leg in ideal fashion.
There is a PSG with Kylian Mbappe and a PSG without Kylian Mbappe, as Nice manager Christophe Galtier openly stated during his post-match news conference, and the Aiglons coach’s words rang true during their heavyweight encounter at the weekend.
With Mauricio Pochettino cutting a disgruntled figure on the touchline, PSG suffered their second defeat in three Ligue 1 matches when Andy Delort came off the substitute to score the game’s only goal in the 88th minute, with the suspended Frenchman hopelessly watching from the sidelines.
Real Madrid know that they will have to be at their best on Wednesday night as they host Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, hoping to overturn a 1-0 deficit.
Kylian Mbappe’s stunning goal in Paris three weeks earlier gives the French side a lead to protect in Spain, and Los Blancos will be hoping that the man they’re so keen to sign will have to sit the game out after picking up a knock in training. He is a doubt after his training injury, while Sergio Ramos is not expected to play any part. Leandro Paredes and Ander Herrera are also uncertain to feature.
Despite dominating Europe over the last decade, Real Madrid have fallen at this stage of the competition in two of the last three seasons and have only progressed once in their last 10 tries having lost a first leg.
Why aren’t Casemiro and Mendy playing for Real Madrid against PSG?
Ancelotti won’t have it easy in the Spanish capital and the Real Madrid boss will have to find a way to win without two of his most important players as both Casemiro and Mendy will be unavailable for selection.
The reason for their absence is suspension, with both having picked up yellow cards in Paris three weeks earlier. It’s likely that Nacho Fernandez will come into the team to either deputise at left-back or to fill in at centre-back with David Alaba shifting out to the left. One of Fede Valverde or Eduardo Camavinga is expected to step in for Casemiro. Both could make the XI if Toni Kroos isn’t able to make the team as his race to find fitness continues.
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
- Vinicius jr
ParisSaint-Germain possible starting lineup:
When does Real Madrid vs. PSG begin?
The match between Real Madrid and PSG will take place on Wednesday, March 9 at 21:00 CET (local time in Madrid). For viewers in the United Kingdom, that means the show will begin at 20:00 GMT. From 15:00 ET or 12:00 PT, fans in the United States may watch Real Madrid vs PSG.
Where can I watch Real Madrid versus PSG?
This Real Madrid vs. PSG match will be broadcast on BT Sport 3 in the United Kingdom, and Paramount+ in the United States.
Real Madrid vs. PSG Preview:
We predict Real Madrid will win 3-1 against Paris Saint-Germain.
PSG can slice their way to the top with Mbappe fresh and ready to play Attack may be the best form of defence for the visitors as they try to expand on their slim lead against an unfamiliar Real Madrid midfield.
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However, Ancelotti’s men are having a fantastic run at home, while PSG are charming to deceive on the road, therefore we’re expecting the Benzema and Vinicius-inspired Blancos to turn the game around and destroy Les Parisiens’ Champions League hopes for another year.
Previous Match Records
Round of 16Champions League:
Paris Saint-Germain Real Madrid 1 0
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 2 2
Champions League Final Stage Champions League 1
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 3 1
Champions Cup – North America/EuropeChampions Cup 1
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 1 3
Champions League grp. AChampions League 1
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 1 0
Paris Saint-Germain vs Real Madrid 0 0
Club FriendliesClub Friendlies 1
Real Madrid vs Paris Saint-Germain 1 0
Who will win Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Real Madrid and PSG?
Real Madrid Draw Paris Saint-Germain
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