Zidane knows his Madrid side will suffer against PSGMarch 6, 2018
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has said he is fully prepared for his side to suffer against Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday evening.
Having turned round the first leg which saw Adrien Rabiot score for the French side first, Zidane and his Madrid players are in pole position to qualify for the next round of the Champions League, having won 3-1.
Unai Emery’s side are fully prepared for the fixture, having seen the likes of Edinson Cavani, Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos all return to full fitness and confidence is said to be high in Paris ahead of Tuesday night’s game.
Neymar’s non-appearance through injury has left many questioning the French side’s capability of overturning the reigning Champions League holders, but Zidane is fully prepared for his side to suffer in the game.
“You cannot think about the score-line we start with, it does not mean anything and we have to be prepared for any event, whether that is for or against us,” Zidane told his pre-match press conference.
“We know that we will have to play at the top of our game for 90 minutes or possibly more and we cannot think beyond that. We know we will have to suffer against a team like this, we must be prepared to suffer but also to play football.
“We will need to be at 100% and I would not start any player who is below that in terms of fitness or mentality. The pressure is something that we are used to, it will be in an intense, intimidating atmosphere but a lot of games are like that against Madrid.
“We know we will be on the pitch and it’s 11 against 11, and we will have to be in the position to give our maximum.
“Returning to Paris is always a pleasure for me, it’s always special but I cannot think about my personal situation, all I can think about is Madrid.”
The fixture will see Madrid looking to put their indifferent league form to one side, whilst Cristiano Ronaldo will most likely be in full form after he netted his 300th and 300st league goals for the Spanish club in the weekend win over Getafe.
PSG ( 4-3-3): Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Yuri; Verratti, Motta, Rabiot, Mbappe, Cavani, Di Maria
Real Madrid ( 4-3-3): Keylor; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Lucas, Kovacic, Casemiro; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo