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Real Madrid will be determined to turn their fortunes around when they welcome Paris Saint-Germain to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return leg of the Champions League last 16 clash on Wednesday evening.


Real Madrid come into this encounter on a three-game unbeaten streak following their recent 4-1 victory over Real Sociedad when Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema got their name on the score sheet at the Santiago Bernabeu in the La Liga over the weekend.


Los Blancos still have a chance to fight back when they face PSG on home soil after they were beaten 1-0 in the first leg in Paris through a 94th-minute goal from Kylian Mbappe.


Paris Saint-Germain will be hoping to return to winning ways after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Nice in the Ligue 1 this past Saturday after substitute Andy Delort struck two minutes from time to hand Nice all three points.

The French outfit will head into the return leg with a one-goal advantage over the Spanish outfit after they secured a 1-0 win over Madrid at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday, 15 February.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti: “I know exactly what the Bernabéu is like and we’re even more motivated. We know perfectly well we’re not playing this game by ourselves because the whole of madridismo is behind us, driving us forward, and that makes us stronger.

“We are preparing for the game now. Everyone is motivated and it’s obvious from the coach’s point of view that it’s important to be aware of the atmosphere in order to make sure it isn’t too nervous.

“These players are used to games like this. We’ve come away from the Real Sociedad game feeling a lot stronger. It all went well and we’re very excited, eager and motivated.”

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino: “I believe that each match must be considered and analyzed vis-à-vis its own circumstances. The next meeting is in the Champions League; it will be different and against a team other than Nice. I believe the circumstances imply that it will be completely different.

“We have to adapt to what our opponent will ask of us. It will be incomparable. I have no doubt that we will approach this match in the best possible way and will be ready to fight. It will be a decisive match and which can allow us to move on to the next round.”

In the last five matches between the two teams, Real Madrid and PSG are on level terms when it comes to results as both teams have won two games each, while one match has ended in a draw.

In-Form Player:

Karim Benzema has been Madrid’s go-to guy this season in the final third. He has already managed to amass 27 goals and 12 assists in 32 games across all competitions this campaign and he most recently scored and assisted in their previous game against Real Sociedad over the weekend.

Kylian Mbappe will be relishing the chance to get his name back on the score sheet after failing to score in his previous match and his last goal coming against St. Etienne on 27 February when he bagged a brace in their 3-1 win at the Parc des Princes.


Carlo Ancelotti is expected to have a fully fit squad for the clash against PSG, while Mauricio Pochettino will have to think about his selection with the likes of Achraf Hakimi and Leandro Pardes still mending their way back to full fitness from their respective injuries.

Possible Starting Lineup:

Real Madrid: 
Thibaut Courtois, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Ferland Mendy, Daniel Carvajal, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Casemiro, Karim Benzema, Rodrygo, Vinicius Júnior.

PSG: Keylor Navas, Marquinhos, Abdou Diallo, Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat, Georginio Wijnaldum, Danilo, Marco Verratti, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Neymar.

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