With Real Madrid versus Paris Saint Germain fast approaching, we take a look at the Key Battles heading into Wednesday night’s Champions League tie.
Cristiano Ronaldo v Neymar
The current Ballon d’Or holder against the expected sees Ronaldo and Neymar face off as the two players both sides will be hoping can steal the show.
Ronaldo’s form this season has been rather inconsistent, failing to net over five league goals until the weekend where he scored an impressive treble against Eusebio Sacristain’s Real Sociedad.
The Portuguese forward has been hit with criticism for the first time in a number of years, leaving many of the club’s fans, board room members and press to question his immediate future at the club.
Needless to say, Ronaldo is sure to be in fine form in the competition which he performs best.
Neymar, who famously swapped Barcelona for Paris life last summer, has been in good form, netting an impressive 28 goals in 27 games.
He like Ronaldo, has been in the press, with many claiming he could move back to Spain, with Wednesday night’s opponents, Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane v Unai Emery
Both Zidane and Emery are under heavy pressure this season for contrasting reasons.
The Frenchman has been nothing short of successful since taking over at the Santiago Bernabeu, but a Copa del Rey exit matched with their poor league standings – has left many to question his future at the club.
Calls for a replacement to come in have been made and it is claimed that defeat to PSG over two-legs, could end his time at the helm of Los Blancos.
Meanwhile, Emery, who is in charge of PSG for his second season – has the weight of the world on his shoulders, having signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, meaning nothing short of a Champions League title win is what the board want.
Defeat to Real Madrid could spell drastic change at the club, not only for the coach but for the likes of Neymar too, who would seemingly be upset if his side were to exit the competition this early.
Sergio Ramos v Thiago Silva
Two of the world’s best defenders. Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva have been involved in it all but both club captains will battle it out on Wednesday evening to seal their passage to the Champions League quarter final stages.
For Silva, his desire to win the competition is all too clear, having a lot less trophy hauls than Spanish international Ramos.
Both players will need to be at their very best in terms of leadership if there teams are to progress.