PSG vs Real Madrid Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 15 Feb 2022
The standout tie in the last 16 of the Champions League pits Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid, with the first leg set to take place at the Parc des Princes this Tuesday evening (20:00 GMT). There are storylines galore in this fixture, with Kylian Mbappe coming up against potentially his next club, Lionel Messi facing his former foes, and a number of ex-Real Madrid players taking on their past employers. Stay with us for all the build-up to PSG vs Real Madrid and then updates from the match itself.
Paris Saint-Germain host Real Madrid on Tuesday evening in what is shaping up to be one of the ties of the Round of 16 in the Champions League, and it will be a clash that holds special significance for Lionel Messi, who is looking to end a barren run against Los Merengues. Carlo Ancelotti has never been shy of making decisions during his coaching career, and ahead of Real Madrid’s meeting with Paris Saint-Germain, he has another difficult one to make regarding who he should remove from the XI in order to play Gareth Bale.
Paris Saint-Germain has been without the services of star left winger Neymar since the end of November due to a lower body injury. While that hasn’t slowed PSG’s success in French Ligue 1, the club lost on penalty kicks in its Round of 16 Coupe de France to Nice at the end of January. On Tuesday, PSG faces another Round of 16 match, this one coming against Real Madrid in the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League.
Madrid’s chances of coming up with goals remains up in the air since its top scorer, Karim Benzema, has been out with a hamstring injury and there are conflicting reports regarding his potential readiness to return this week. Benzema has scored 24 goals across all competitions this season, and without him at the top of the formation, the burden on offense falls primarily on Vinicius Junior, who has 12 goals in 2021-22, but hasn’t scored since January 12. Real Madrid will try to keep PSG from pushing the ball forward to its other top attackers, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé, but that will be a difficult task.
The knockout stages of the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League commence this midweek, and fans will be treated to a blockbuster encounter when La Liga leaders Real Madrid square off against Ligue 1 champions-elect Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night.
PSG made it through to the Round of 16 after finishing second in Group A behind English champions Manchester City. Les Parisiens were not exactly convincing during the group stage, winning half of their games while losing one (D2). They head into this encounter on the back of consecutive wins against Lille and Rennes, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to bag another crucial victory.
Real Madrid qualified to the knockout stages as Group D winners, besting Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Sheriff Tiraspol. Los Blancos won five of their six group stage matches (L1) but have been in dodgy form ahead of this key clash. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have picked up just one win in their last four games in all competitions, most recently being held to a 0-0 draw by Villarreal and will need to turn things around.
The last time PSG and Real Madrid faced each other was in the group stages of the 2019/20 Champions League, with the latter failing to win either of those clashes (D1 L1). Ahead of this latest heavyweight encounter from Parc des Princes on Tuesday, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams.
Former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, who left the club after 16 years last summer to join PSG on a free transfer, has been ruled out with an injury. Apart from the veteran defender, Ander Herrera is also a doubt due to a thigh issue, whereas Juan Bernat has not been registered for the knockout phase.
The big news, though, is that Neymar, who has been out since late November, has returned to training and could be in contention to start against Real Madrid. On Tuesday night, the Brazilian is expected to get the nod on the left flank with former Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Los Blancos’ transfer target Kylian Mbappe completing the loaded PSG attack. Angel Di Maria will be an option from the bench.
At the back, Gianluigi Donnarumma is expected to feature ahead of ex-Real Madrid man Keylor Navas, who started at the weekend. Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe ought to form the central defensive partnership, with Nuno Mendes and former Real Madrid prospect Achraf Hakimi lining up as the full-backs. The former will have a point or two to prove against the Spanish outfit.
Danilo Pereira should return to the starting XI after being left out in the last game. The Portuguese ought to take up the defensive midfield slot, with support coming from Leandro Paredes as they look to stop Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. Marco Verratti will occupy the third slot in the middle of the park and look to spray piercing passes forward for Neymar and Mbappe to chase.
Paris Saint-Germain is having a very tough road to their ultimate goal of winning the Champions League this season since they team was pitted against Man City in group stages, which is why they finished second and now they have to find a way to deal with Real Madrid. Meanwhile, in the French Ligue 1, PSG is dominating and they are currently 16 points ahead of the next team in the standings.
Good news for PSG ahead of this game is that Neymar is training again after a serious injury, but even though he will likely be in the team, he is unlikely to start the game. Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos and Ander Herrera are unlikely to play in this game with injuries.
Even though Real Madrid suffered a shocking loss at home against Sheriff in the group stage, they managed to consolidate and finish the group in the first place, ahead of Inter Milan. The team is also doing great in La Liga since they are currently sitting at the very top, four points ahead of Sevilla in the second place.
Real Madrid fans are still nervous about the availability of Karim Benzema for this game after he missed the last couple of matches with an injury. On the bright side, Ferland Mandy is back in the team and the rest of the squad is healthy and ready to fight.