Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Neymar to take on Real Madrid with Barca's CL win tattoo

Neymar to take on Real Madrid with Barca's CL win tattoo

On the clash with PSG, he explained: "This tie between Real Madrid and PSG is one that could define the whole season". It trails Barcelona by 17 points in the Spanish league and it has already been eliminated from the Copa del Rey.

So the Champions League offers salvation for Zidane, but it's nearly certainly win or bust for the Real legend.

Their expensively assembled side have swept nearly all before them this term but overcoming the reigning European champions would be a big feather in their cap. "I just want a lovely game of football".

Perhaps the accelerated growth of PSG and City, bankrolled by the royal families of Qatar and Abu Dhabi respectively, may see the Champions League become a plaything dominated by two rival Gulf states, but it has not happened yet and recent history suggests that money does not guarantee success when it comes to lifting the European Cup.

He bagged a flawless hat-trick for Real in his last outing and has struck seven times in his last four matches.

Defeating PSG could return Real Madrid stars to the right track, and they will soon be on their way to defend their precious title.

Few strikers in world football have as smart and incisive movement as Cavani, the only issue that has plagued him over the years is the chances he misses.

In the group stages, a draw at the Bernabeu before a loss at Wembley to Spurs ceded the English side the top spot in the group, raising questions about whether or not this might be Zinedine Zidane's last season at the Spanish club.

He has responded to the challenge of Neymar's arrival perfectly and will be key to PSG's hopes.

The Brazilian had already been cautioned for a poor challenge on Nacho earlier in the game
The Brazilian had already been cautioned for a poor challenge on Nacho earlier in the game

PSG travel to Madrid with a fearsome array of attacking talent with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani a major threat to the Madrid defense.

"Real Madrid just have that nous".

The five times Balon d'Or victor will be hoping to carry his new-found form into the clash with PSG, but he thinks they only have a chance of winning the match if one player does not start. 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.

However, there has been rumours of discontent, with suggestions of a possible switch to PSG, allowing former Barcelona forward Neymar to move in the opposite direction.

And he is delivering on the pitch, scoring a goal a game in a Paris shirt.

The Portuguese scored nine times in this season's group stage and his next goal will be his 100th in the competition for Real.

"It also helps me to relativise when under pressure, to be more relaxed".

It's thought that part of Neymar's decision to leave Barcelona for Paris last summer regarded wanting to be the start of the show, something he's now got the chance to do.

"I'm happy to be involved in such games, I don't think there is any real pressure at the moment", Zidane said in press conference on the club's official website.

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Mason also released a statement of his own on his Instagram page, saying that he worked "tirelessly" to get back on the pitch. Specialists have deemed it unsafe for Mason to continue his career and he announced his retirement on Tuesday morning.

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