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“Real” will play with “Paris St Germain” in the match of football League of Champions

Gareth bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

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TASS, February 14. The first matches of 1/8 finals of the Champions League will be played on Wednesday in Madrid and Porto. The winner of the Champions League the last two years, “real” takes the French “Paris Saint-Germain FC”, “Porto” will play with English “Liverpool”.

The confrontation of real Madrid and PSG, who are led by Spanish coach Unai emery, is the main event in the first stage of the playoffs – the club of Madrid again failed to take first place in their group and received against one of the favorites in the Champions League. This season for coach Zinedine Zidane turns difficult, although real Madrid have already won two titles – the Spanish super Cup and the club world Cup . In the championship of Spain the Royal club is 17 points behind Barcelona and in the Cup to real Madrid knocked out a modest “leganés”.

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A month ago, the Spanish press called the chances of “real” in the matches with the French club minimal – the team Zidane looked helpless, as its leader Cristiano Ronaldo. However, after returning to action after injury of Gareth Bale, things went better. Three of their last four League matches real Madrid won with a big score last Saturday after defeating real Sociedad – 5:2. A hat-trick in this meeting was marked Ronaldo, who gave the score his goals this season to acceptable numbers – 11.

Thus again scored by Karim Benzema, which account for only two goals in the League and a brace against the Cypriot APOEL in the Champions League. Passive transfer policy of the management of real Madrid, which is not without the consent of Zidane during the year did not buy any striker, left the French specialist without much of a choice. Is Benzema can play is that of 20-year-old Borja mayoral, the alternative is a return to the model with two forwards – Ronaldo and Bale.

“Tomorrow we are not going to prove anything to anyone. No matter what people say about us, we will go on the field and will work,” said Zidane.

PSG strengthened Diarra

On the background of the problem “real” “Paris Saint-Germain” looks well-oiled machine, although the internal problems among the Parisians also missing. If Madrid are resigned to losing the League title, PSG needs to regain the title of the strongest club of France, Parisians are ahead of Monaco on 12 points. In 25 matches, the Parisians scored 76 goals (on account of the “real” 50 goals in 22 League matches), of which 21 on account of the Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, 11 held the Brazilian Neymar. On Saturday, the Parisians won in the Toulouse (1:0) own goal by the opponent.

If the “real” no one announced their in the playoffs (rookies Madrid has simply no), the “Paris St Germain” reinforced midfield an experienced lassini the Diarra who played for “Anji” and “locomotive”, and the “real” has won the championship of Spain in 2012. Since his arrival, fell out of of of experienced Italian Thiago Motta, who’s left out of the application for the match.

For the Paris club and especially its coach Unai emery’s upcoming series “real” will be largely decisive. Having spent an astronomical sum for the purchase of Neymar, PSG have set their sights on winning the Champions League and the defeat in the 1/8 final, even in the matches against Europe’s strongest club of the last two years will be a disaster. Besides, we all remember the events of a year ago, when at the same stage PSG in their first home match defeated “Barcelona” with the account 4:0, and then allowing the opponent to win – 6:1.

Now Parisians spend the first match away to the same team with Neymar became much stronger, especially in attack, which came more and Kilian Mbappe. In the group stage, PSG scored a record 25 goals, and on account of Neymar and Cavani on six goals. However Ronaldo in the group stage made even stronger, having distinguished himself nine times and setting his achievement – previously, no one at the preliminary stage had not scored in every game.

The match will take place in Madrid at stadium “Santiago Bernabeu”, the beginning – 22:45 GMT. The chief arbiter appointed Italian Gianluca Rocchi. Will miss the game suspended defender “real” Daniel Carvajal.

Liverpool without Coutinho, but van Dyck

In the Port the local club meets with the English “Liverpool” which in her group ahead of, among others, the Moscow “Spartak”. For the first time since 2009 “Liverpool” will play in the playoffs of the Champions League nine years ago, the team reached the quarterfinals, losing to “Chelsea” (1:3, 4:4). The current “Liverpool” hardly probable not the strongest in recent history titled club, which is clearly not enough trophies at both the national level and in Europe.

In winter, Liverpool strengthened the composition a defender from the Netherlands Virgil van Dyck, who moved from Southampton FC for a sum estimated at 75 million pounds (about €85 million). To compensate for these costs managed the sale to Barcelona of Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, the loss of which could have an impact on the team. In the group stage of the Champions League, Coutinho has scored five goals with a hat-trick during a match with “Spartacus” (7:0).

The team of jürgen Klopp in the Premier League is third place, 18 points behind leader Manchester city, and two from “Manchester United”. Sunday “Liverpool” with the score 2:0 defeated visiting Southampton, scored by Roberto Firmino and one of the best scorers in Premier League, the Egyptian Mohammed Salah, who has scored 22 goals.

Porto leads the Portuguese League, two points ahead of SL Benfica during the game in stock. Under the leadership of sérgio conceição, Porto has a great season, and on Sunday the leader of the visiting defeated the “Chaves” – 4:0. Scored a double Brazilian striker Soares, who replaced the leader of attacks “Port” of the Cameroonian Vincent Abubakar. In January the “Port” reinforced the attack with the Ghanaian Majid Warison, who played in the Moscow “Spartak”.

The match will start at 22:45 Moscow time at stadium “estádio do dragão” in Porto, the referee – Daniele Orsato from Italy. Meet miss suspended defender owners Felipe and midfielder Liverpool’s Emre can.

Second leg of 1/8 finals in these pairs will be held in Paris and Liverpool on 6 March.

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