Zidane expects to 'suffer' at PSG

Zidane expects to 'suffer' at PSG

Zidane expects to 'suffer' at PSG

It is only half-time in the tie though and, while Madrid's late flurry has given them a potentially crucial advantage ahead of the second leg in Paris, there was enough here from Paris St-Germain to suggest that an upset remains possible.

"It has nothing to do with the performance, or who deserves it more, Real Madrid appear when it's needed and they've been doing now for four years now". A more honest appraisal of the PSG defeat came from Rabiot, who said: "I am disappointed... we always say the same things, we always do the same things, and in the end, we are always floored in the same way".

Zidane had looked full on confidence in pre-game interviews, arguing that even though Madrid had a disastrous run in La Liga and the Copa del Rey this campaign, they would return to their best in European Championships.

Porto had lost only two matches in all competitions this season prior to last night but they were blown away by the pace and precision of Liverpool's frontline, as the Reds recorded their first win in the knockout stages of the Champions League since 2009.

Even more incredible though, is the rate at which Ron has tallied the goals - as he brought up his 100th and 101st Champions League goals in just his 95th game. "I am happy. This was a victory for everyone".

Perez inflamed relations between Real and PSG following those reports by claiming Neymar would have a better chance of winning the Ballon d'Or award - this year won by Ronaldo for a fifth time - if he applied his trade in the Spanish capital. "We have to turn our attentions now to the return leg, that will be entirely different".

"But there is a second leg to come where we will need to play with a lot of intensity".

Los Blancos started the second half on the front foot, with Ronaldo just failing to meet an Isco cross in the 48th minute during a hard period for the visitors.

Neymar Jr. helped put his team on the board first when he fed Adrien Rabiot with a heel pass for PSG's lone score. We started the match well but then conceded the goal.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, saw Alphonse Areola make a fine save from his net-bound shot after he had been released by Marcelo, and not long after that, in the 33rd minute, PSG scored.

"We always say the same things, and we always get caught out in the same way", Rabiot said.

"Regardless, on tonight's showing, Real Madrid clearly showed they have the qualities to go far in this competition".

PSG are used to strolling through games in second gear and as a result, it is hard to play with the intensity required for 90 minutes to beat Real Madrid.

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