Neymar can deal with pressure against Madrid - Marquinhos

Dean Simpson
February 14, 2018

In his meticulously researched book Fear and Loathing in La Liga, writer Sid Lowe described it as their "rebirth".

"In my opinion, the great players have to play at this club".

And he established himself as a huge hit, driving the club to Champions League glory in 2014. This side has some of the best players in the world and although they have not been in top form, they still have the ability to win any game.

The LaLiga giants face tough tasks in the last 16, with Barca taking on Chelsea and double defending champions Madrid meeting Paris Saint-Germain.

"My relationship with Real Madrid ended". We know how hard it is going to be but I want to see a great PSG.

Nobody at the French club has forgotten how last season they defeated FC Barcelona 4-0 in the home leg at the same stage of the tournament only to crash 6-1 in the Camp Nou, and PSG coach Unai Emery also knows that despite his sides hegemony in France, he would not survive another early exit from Europe. Eight minutes of brilliance from - Neymar ironically - and PSG were brought down to earth.

Wednesday's game will be shown on BT Sport 3 and kicks off at 7.45pm and we asked our friends at Football Whispers to preview what is sure to be an absorbing contest.

"They [City] can nearly make two teams". They followed it up with signing Kylan Mbappe, one of the most exciting prospects in world.

And Di Maria has since moved on to PSG, after quitting United after just a year at Old Trafford.

It would also turn out that PSG would indeed have that €200million to put on the table - at least they would five years later, paying Neymar's buyout clause and forcing Barcelona to release one of their prized assets.

"Would Neymar fit at Real Madrid?"

That's not the only intriguing angle to tonight's match.

10 - Under Zidane, Madrid have won 10 of their 14 Champions League knockout games (D2 L2), lifting the trophy twice in as many seasons. It motivates us for every challenge, including this Champions League, of course. If that wasn't enough, the battle is being billed as pretenders versus contenders.

And PSG will need to be at their brilliant best to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Co.

But Madrid coach Zidane is reluctant join in with that excitement, instead stressing the importance of the team effort, and not just those marquee players.

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