Zinedine Zidane believes Gareth Bale is fundamental to Real Madrid

Vincent De Villiers
Março 12, 2018

Paris Saint-Germain's dream of joining Europe's elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win yesterday [Macau time].

Having had successful surgery on his fifth metatarsal, Neymar will be assessed by PSG in six weeks to determine when he will return to training.

Alongside him was Gareth Bale, who was also omitted for the first leg against PSG and did his claim to an undisputed first-team place little good in a lacklustre outing as a striker in the RCDE Stadium.

Perhaps last season's incredible second leg capitulation against Barcelona continues to weigh heavily on the minds of everyone at the French powerhouse.

"It's going be difficult and we are going to face big teams from now but we keep working to achieve big things. Congratulations my guys, allez Paris".

That deadline expired with Tuesday's limp defeat to holder Real Madrid in the last 16, leaving the French side as far away from being European champion as at any point since Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) bought the club in 2011.

Soon to be out of contract, Emery will not be given another crack at the competition in Paris.

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You can't deny the fact that Neymar has been involved in half of PSG's goals this season.

The Champions League returns tonight with Champions Real Madrid visiting the Parc des Princes as they come to town looking to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals of this year's tournament.

Nkunku snuck into the box and slammed the ball into the net with his left foot in the 20th minute then struck again in the 28th with his other foot, placing the ball into the far corner. Only two clubs, Porto and Bayern Munich, have received more. In truth, it was over long before that.

"It was insensitive, " he told German broadcaster ZDF. Despite the scoreboard reading 0-0, not one of his teammates suggested he hurry up. They're a brave and disciplined team and I'm not surprised by their league position. It is a paradox of this cartoonishly inflated club that it has retained an authentically passionate core, both ends keeping up a relentless wall of noise throughout this game. But when players like Vazquez fall into their lap, they know how to harness their ability, surround them with that winning mentality and ensure that if they do ever make it to the first team, they will be ready. Spurs are linked with a move for the forward in the summer and dropping to the second division will all be confirm his departure.

Some key players are entering their 30s and won't be at their peak for much longer, while those in their early-to-mid 20s may consider their options elsewhere. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn't do enough with the 40 percent we had. "We deserved to advance to the next round".

"He should've just passed on his condolences and that's it, not talk rubbish. We made a lot of mistakes in terms of our concentration".

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