Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Barcelona and Real Madrid are Champions League favourites - Laudrup


Ahead of PSG's last-16 tie against Real Madrid in the Champions League, Neymar - who arrived at the Ligue 1 giants in a world-record €222million move from Barcelona past year - has been linked with a stunning switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Unai Emery's side had topped a Champions League group featuring Bayern Munich to qualify for the knockout stages while defending champions Madrid finished second behind Tottenham in Group H.

"They are a great team regardless of the circumstances, but they always perform at their best in this competition - it's totally different from league competition". I think Real Madrid will play with the BBC, but they can change tactics, even during the game.

Looking ahead to Wednesday's Champions League round-of-16 first leg clash at the Santiago Bernabeu, Silva announced that he expects Real to raise themselves from their recent slump in form.

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"Thinking rationally, you might believe they will give us a thrashing", he said.

PSG scored 25 goals in this season's group stages, a record in the group phase of the competition.

Madrid, however, will be buoyed by the momentum of their 5-2 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday.

Ronaldo had been linked with a move back to the club where he first announced himself as the world's best player for most of last summer. On February 14, we will take on Real Madrid.

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"Tonight, from the first minute, the team went out to play football, keep the ball, press their opponents to win the ball high up the pitch, and there was a big difference", Ramos said.

He has carried on his love affair with the Champions League as a coach, from his role as assistant to Carlo Ancelotti in Real's 2014 triumph to leading Madrid to glory himself in the last two seasons. "All I can do is focus on the game; that is what important, not what people say about me". "We should count on our attacking line, especially (Cristiano) Ronaldo used to shine in the hard moments", Sakr added.

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Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said that he would prefer for his team, Real Madrid, not to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain.

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19 - Top scorer in the history of the Champions League (114 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 19 times in his last 11 appearances in the competition, including in every single game this season.

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