Real Madrid hoping to thrive on big occasion against PSG

Neymar's goal came in the 68th minute of the game and was the breakthrough PSG needed

Neymar's goal came in the 68th minute of the game and was the breakthrough PSG needed

A quick glance at the tables in Europe's big five domestic leagues suggests that the clubs with the biggest transfer budgets end up on top, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Manchester City now coasting to the title.

Paris Saint-Germain's preparation for their visit to the Bernabéu on Wednesday began at the Camp Nou, Unai Emery claimed.

PSG, meanwhile, are placing their hopes in Neymar, the world's most expensive player and a Ballon d'Or victor of the future, as they chase the European glory that has thus far eluded them.

PSG and Madrid met in the group stage of the Champions League in 2015, with Madrid winning 1-0 at home and the teams drawing 0-0 in Paris.

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Madrid left-back Marcelo had earlier done his bit to fuel the speculation, saying: "Madrid fans like good players". Now the leader of his own team, Neymar has shown he's more than ready to be the main man after leaving Barcelona in the summer.

Ahmed believes that Real Madrid should count on their attacking line to break the Parisian defense; he said, "we should start the game with Ronaldo, (Karim) Benzema and (Gareth) Bale".

The Argentina worldwide was at the Santiago Bernabeu from 2010 to 2014 and won the 2013-14 Champions League in his final season.

Madrid languishes in fourth place and 17 points behind Barcelona in La Liga and is out of the Copa del Rey.

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Just as Emery can ill afford a defeat over two legs - the return will be in Paris on March 6 - so Real coach Zinedine Zidane's future likely depends on the outcome of the tie.

"We've been speaking about big players but tomorrow is a case of Real Madrid against PSG not Neymar against Cristiano", Zidane said. "I am only thinking about the match", the Frenchman insisted on the eve of the game.

The time has arrived for the headline act of the 2017/18 Champions League to get underway. "Taking into account our recent form, playing the first leg in Santiago Bernabéu is the better option for us in order to have the fans behind us and pushing against a very confident PSG side", he said. "It's two teams with top-level players who can make the difference". It might well prove to be one of the most pointless games of football ever played but one in which Neymar nonetheless aggravated a leg injury which ruled him out of the Lyon challenge.

Ronaldo said: "We know that Portugal are not favourites in the World Cup".

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And if he goes up against Hakimi, who has made just 13 senior appearances for Los Blancos, Neymar will be confident of making an impression against the club he has been tipped to join in the next 18 months.

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