Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Spanish Papers: Real Madrid lauded for finding 'pride' after PSG result

Spanish Papers: Real Madrid lauded for finding 'pride' after PSG result

He played a master stroke, however, in reverting to nearly the same lineup that outclassed Juventus to win last year's final, leaving Gareth Bale out for Isco. Real had the first major chance when Alphonse Areola saved with his head to win a one-on-one with Cristiano Ronaldo.

That was after Zidane had taken a risk by leaving out Gareth Bale, a key element in the side that has won three of the last four Champions Leagues. "We played with a lot of character", he said. "We need to win in Paris and score goals to progress", Ronaldo told the Real Madrid website after the match. "Today, things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet".

The late collapse for PSG brings back echoes of the way it fell apart to lose 6-1 in Barcelona on its way to a humiliating exit at the same stage of the competition last season.

Nasser Al-Khelaifi insisted Neymar will "100 per cent" be a Paris Saint-Germain player next season as the club president dismissed growing speculation around a potential move to Real Madrid. We played well, but not only with the ball.

PSG, knocked out in the round of 16 by Barcelona a year ago, have a mountain to climb at the Parc des Princes in three weeks time as the result in the Spanish capital didn't reflect the run of the game.

The player was criticised pretty heavily after the game even after providing the assist for the PSG goal.

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Neymar's fellow Brazilian and Real left-back Marcelo said before the match that he thinks "Neymar will play for Real Madrid one day".

Then he chose to take off the clubs's all-time record goal-scorer, Edinson Cavani, in the second half, only to replace him with a right-back in Thomas Meunier.

But Neymar can nearly do and say what he wants, as long as his performances on the field satisfy PSG's Qatari owners after they invested a world-record 222 million euros ($264 million) to sign him.

We must continue on in this way and defend our Champions League title.

But when compared with opposite number Zinedine Zidane, for whom Marco Asensio came on and set up late goals for Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcelo, it does not look good for him.

While Rabiot's outlook on the match was not a positive one, team-mate Julian Draxler is holding out hope that the side can return home and get the needed result.

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