The standout fixture of the Champions League group stages this week has to be PSG’s visit to the Bernabeu for a heavyweight clash with Real Madrid.
While fixtures in other groups may hold greater significance in terms of qualification, the game in Madrid on Tuesday night will be far superior to the rest in terms of quality.
With PSG safely through to the last 16 and Real soon to follow, the only real question left in Group A is: who will finish top? If they want to leapfrog their French counterparts come the end of the group phase, Los Blancos will have to win their final two games and hope that PSG miraculously slip up at home to Galatasaray on matchday six.
Nevertheless, both sides will be coming into this one brimming with confidence. Luka Modric inspired Zinedine Zidane’s side to a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday night, while goals from Mauro Icardi and Angel Di Maria helped
This will be the tenth competitive meeting between Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain, and the sixth in the UEFA Champions League. Overall, Real Madrid have won four times to PSG’s three (D2).
Los Blancos also enjoy a fine home record against the French superpower, having won three of their four previous home games against PSG in all competitions, losing the other clash in the Cup Winners’ Cup in March 1994 (0-1).
If PSG are able to get the win on Tuesday night, it’ll be the first time they’ve won consecutive matches against Real since 1994 and only the second time in their history. Les Parisiens, of course, beat the Spaniards 3-0 on matchday one.
French Delight for Los Blancos
Real Madrid have won eight and lost none of their 11 UEFA Champions League home matches against French opposition, winning the last five such games in a row by an aggregate score of 15-1.
PSG’s last visit to the Bernabeu came in the first leg of a round of 16 tie in 2018 – Real running out 3-1 winners. In fact,
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